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Did you know that infants who live in households with dogs often experience fewer colds and ear infections?
Babies in homes with dogs have fewer colds, fewer ear infections, and need fewer antibiotics in their first year of life than babies raised in pet-free homes, Finnish researchers find. ~WebMD
And According to TIME,
Reporting in the journal Pediatrics, researchers say that babies who grow up in homes with a pet — namely a dog or a cat — are less likely to get sick than children who live pet-free. The results bolster the notion that keeping infants’ environments overly sanitized isn’t good for their health. Previous research has linked the presence of pets with a lower risk of allergies among babies, while a recent study in mice found that exposure to household dust from homes with a dog prevented infection with a common respiratory virus that is thought to increase the risk of childhood asthma. ~TIME
According to the TIME post, Study: Why Dogs and Cats Make Babies Healthier, the conclusion is that pets somehow help children’s immune system mature.
Along with the potential physical immune boost that pets may bring, they can also have a great emotional growth factor too! Mother Nature Network,
Kids who grow up with dogs and cats are more emotionally intelligent and compassionate.
Ready to get on board and get your baby a pet? Babble has your list of:
And if you are still not convinced, check out these adorable baby and pet photos…