A study has suggested that having a dog or cat in the first year of your child’s life could improve their resistance to pet allergies.
Previously research into whether pet exposure to children could help with allergies had been inconclusive.
The study was conducted in America and was based on a sample of 600 children. When the children reached 18 blood samples were taken and analysed by looking at the antibodies and antigens. The researchers then correlated the results against the exposure the children had to dogs and cats in their early years.
The young men who’s families had owned a dog in the first year of their life were twice as likely to be resistant to pet allergies than those who’s families had not.
The study also found that both men and women who had been around cats in their first year of their life were half as likely as developing a pet allergy.
The study helps strengthen the argument that childhood contact with cats and dogs can help protect against conditions such as asthma and eczema.
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