Nose-dwelling bacteria may affect a baby’s first cold

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New research on the types of bacteria living in babies’ noses has offered up clues as to why some recover faster from their first cough or cold, while others suffer longer. The study, conducted by the researchers at the University Children’s Hospital of Basel, suggested that babies who have a wide variety of different bacteria living in their noses tend to recover more quickly from their first respiratory virus, compared to those who have less variety and more bacteria from either the Moraxellaceae or Streptococcaceae family. The findings of the study are published in the Journal of ERJ Open Research.