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Why are preterm babies prone to infections?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Preterm babies are especially susceptible to infections because it takes much longer for protective bacteria and other immune-fighting agents to develop. It's one of the reasons why researchers are exploring the possibility of using probiotics to help jump-start a preemie's immune response.
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