Babies Who Grow Up In Homes With A Pet Are Less Likely To Get Sick

Babies Who Grow Up In Homes With A Pet Are Less Likely To Get Sick

According to the latest research, children who grow up in homes with cats or dogs during their first year of life, seem to have fewer allergies and tend to get less respiratory and ear infections than kids in households without pets.

Babies and Pets

Babies and Pets

The study, led by Dr. Eija Bergroth, a pediatrician at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, also suggests that timing is of a high importance when it comes to pets exposure. That’s because during the first year of life, babies immune systems are still learning how to recognize microbial friend from foe, and it could be that early training with low-dose exposures in the form of pet hair may be beneficial.

Babies and Pets

Babies and Pets

Hopefully, Dr. Bergroth’s study will help people understand they don’t need to get rid of their pets if they’re having children.