You can learn the most about your baby’s health and protect against chronic conditions by tracking changes on their gut health over their first 1000 days.
We recommend testing at 7 days old, and every 3 months until your baby is 18 months old.
A Tiny Health subscription gets you:
This study is only open to people who have purchased Tiny Health baby gut tests.
To further investigate the important connection between a mom and baby’s gut microbiome, we encourage that the mom also submit one gut test along with her baby’s at a discounted rate.
A stool sample can be taken directly from a soiled toilet tissue or diaper using our dry swab method.
You will fill out surveys upon sampling and towards the end of the research period, as you’ll be a part of furthering allergy research.
Processed in a CLIA-certified lab and using proprietary technology, Tiny Health’s gut test provides strain-level precision and a complete list of all microbes in the gut microbiome including bacteria, fungi, virus, parasites, and archaea. Results will take 4-5 weeks to arrive.
Every report includes a personalized expert note that is reviewed by a team of microbiome experts.
Tiny Health also provides actionable, and evidence-based recommendations to give each baby the best possible start in life.
The microbiome result report and action plan are a part of the regular Tiny Health Gut Test product and not associated with the research study.
You will be eligible to receive $50 off 2 subsequent purchases if you complete all the required surveys, making the next gut test only $149.
While microbiome testing does not test for food allergies, we can show associations between your baby’s gut microbiome and their symptoms of eczema or allergies. Or the potential increased risk of these conditions developing.
How do we do this? We use something called biomarkers. Microbial biomarkers are bacteria associated with a higher or lower likelihood of developing a particular condition.
Microbial biomarkers are developed from research. The Tiny Health Bioinformatics Pipeline uses a custom built database of over 120K complete microbial genomes. We sift through the research surrounding the microbiome and use this information to develop a list of bacteria that we feel are important to track in early life.
Beyond the gut, there are a lot of other factors that can contribute to these conditions. Like genetics, lifestyle, and environmental exposures. If your child has eczema or food allergies, Tiny Health shows whether or not biomarkers for these conditions are present. And how to best support gut health.
There is no gut microbiome test that can detect lactose intolerance. At Tiny Health we can help you understand your gut health and how it may contribute to symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Lactose intolerance refers to trouble digesting the milk sugar, lactose. This is different from cow milk protein allergy, which involves an immune response. Cow milk protein allergy is somewhat common in babies whereas lactose intolerance is very rare in children under the age of 5 years old.
There are two types of lactose intolerance:
1. Primary lactose intolerance: This is rare in babies and all about genetics. In this case, the body cannot make enough of the enzyme, lactase. This is the enzyme that helps break down and digest the lactose milk sugars.Primary lactose intolerance is not caused by gut microbes. But symptoms may improve with helpful bacteria like Streptococcus thermophilus.
2. Secondary lactose intolerance: This is all about damage to the gut lining. Lactose digestion takes place in the small intestine and when the lining of the small intestine is damaged, we see secondary lactose intolerance. Which makes it hard to digest lactose. Usually this happens in adults after a long period of gut inflammation.
Secondary lactose intolerance can be caused by gut microbes if these microbes are making the gut inflamed. Repairing an injured gut and clearing inflammation can help support the digestion of lactose.
If your child is having issues with dairy it is important to talk to their healthcare provider to help understand the cause. In older children, lactose intolerance is often diagnosed by dairy elimination and/or a hydrogen breath test.
It’s never too late to test. Testing outside the biomarker window is a good idea because it may show signs of gut dysbiosis. Or underlying imbalances that could trigger other problems.
A child’s gut doesn’t fully mature until 3-5 years old. This means that within this period of time, you can still influence the trajectory of their gut and immune development.
To find out more about allergies and food sensitivities, read about the 4 most common types of food allergies in babies.
Unlike other commercial microbiome services, Tiny Health currently offers the first direct-to-consumer microbiome test with analytic services tailored for infants.
Our recommendations are also specific to the health needs of expectant and pregnant women and young infants.
Additionally, our shotgun metagenomics sequencing offers more comprehensive, in-depth microbiome data compared to that obtained with amplicon-based options.
Yes, especially if you have a family history of allergies. Go ahead and purchase the combo kit now so you have it on hand when your baby is born. Then please wait to get your baby’s 7-day sample and take your (the mother’s) stool sample at the same time as your baby.
Your collection swab is valid for 1 whole year, so you can take the samples anytime within the year, but your baby will have arrived way before then anyway!
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may be able to retroactively send you a consent form.
We understand that for some conditions there is no official or formal diagnosis yet, which is one of the many reasons we have launched this study.
As long as your practitioner can provide a note indicating that your child has one of the conditions listed above, you may qualify.
The note does not need to be strictly an MD. It can be from any licensed practitioner.