STUDY: Kids And Pet Allergies

A new study suggests having pets in the house will not increase the risk for allergies. On the contrary, it may have a protective effect.

Researchers at Henry Ford hospital followed a group of children from birth until they were adults. Those who had dogs or cats during the first year of life were less likely to have animal allergies than those exposed to pet later in life.


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  • by Mom Location: NC on Jun 14, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    Really...I have a daughter with asthma and allergies. We have 1 dog. No problem. Put her in a house (without even toughing!) cat - and the itching and breathing problems begin immediately. She has been around animals all her life. This is NOT the case for everyone. Certainly not my child. No - don't believe it.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    Of course! How long did it take them to do this study? Seems like common sense.
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