Low Dose Penicillin in the Womb or in Infancy May Affect Gut and Brain

Exposure to antibiotics in utero or after birth could lead to brain disorders in later childhood, claim researchers from Rutgers University. A study on mouse models shows exposure to antibiotics at low doses in the womb or immediately following birth can lead to changes in the gut microbiome, alterations in the gene expression of key components of neurodevelopmental pathways, and changes in the structural and functional organization of the brain.