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Children of the 90s: 25 years on

It has been more than 25 years since the original study began. Photo: ITV News

University of Bristol says its Children of the 90s study is as important as ever.

The project is the most in-depth research into mothers and babies in the world.

Now the study is focused on observing multi-generational differences and patterns.

The children were regularly measured for any physical or emotional changes. Credit: ITV News
14,500
mothers were part of the study

Most of the original Children of the 90s are now in their late 20s.

The children who took part in the original study are now adults. Credit: ITV News

Participants have been extensively tested with their allergies, exercise levels, weight and other stats recorded regularly.

This led to the discovery that peanut oil in baby oils and creams can cause peanut allergy.

Allergies and diet have been measured throughout the study. Credit: ITV West Country

Children of the 90s has also resulted in shaping the medical advice given to people.

Mary Barbosa and Esther Ball took part in the original study and say it has affected how they handle babies.

Putting babies on their back was one of the first really important clarifications that we had because by the time I had my third child I was told to put that child on his back whereas my first I hadn't been told that. It's because of the study that we learnt that.

– Mary Barbosa
Esther Ball and Mary Barbosa took part in the original Children of the 90s. Credit: ITV West Country

Mary's son Christopher and Esther's daughter Josie are also part of the project.

Along with other 'Children of the Children of the 90s', they have been studied since 2012 to investigate multi-generational patterns.

Christopher and Josie have since got together and their own children are now being used to help learn more about family links.

The families of original participants Mary and Esther are now also involved. Credit: ITV West Country

Other medical breakthroughs from the study include the benefits of eating fish and the impact of glucose levels on pregnant mothers and their babies.

The project continues to grow and with more generations to study, University of Bristol are confident there will be more significant breakthroughs to come.