Animals can be our faithful companions throughout the life. We look to our pets when we are ready to play and laugh, and they instinctively know when we need their support.


But some parents concern about keeping a pets in the house when they bring home a newborn baby, worry about that the pet could be harmful to the baby’s health, or that a jealous dog or cat could become aggressive to the infant. But according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, dogs actually make babies healthier. The report gives strong evidence that infants living with dogs and cats are actually better off than kids living without them.


What do dogs or cats have to do with your baby’s risk of catching a cold? According to the research, they may help lower the infants’ risk of coughs and sneezes during the first year. In the journal Pediatrics, researchers say that babies who grow up in homes with a pet are less likely to get sick or develop in allergies than children who live without pet. The results support the idea that keeping infants’ environments overly sanitized is not good for their health. It’s normal thoughts that when a newborn baby enters a home that the environment must be completely sanitized; but the baby will get sick. Overly sanitized environments are not good for their overall health.


Previous research has accompanying the presence of pets with a lower risk of allergies among babies, while a recent study that highlights the dust from household with a dog prevented infection with a common respirational virus that is thought to escalate the risk of early childhood asthma symptoms.

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  1. Diego

    This blog is very interesting. Because who knew dogs or cats could actually protect and develop a baby’s health. Because humans have a lousy intuition we would think that when a newborn baby gets in a new home the home should be over-sanitized because of how we may think their immune system isn’t as developed as ours. That’s why I would probably think too. But what you said with in your blog about research showing that actually an overly sanitized environment is detrimental for a baby’s developing immune system.
    As this blog is full of significant pieces of information you also managed to make it interesting and easy for viewers to read it, starting the your simple title “Pets”. And I also believe that the majority of the people that read this blog would consider having a pet when having their new born living at their homes, just as I do right now.
    Is nice to learn that the presence of pets provokes a lower risk for allergies to develop among babies, and also about that interesting research you mention of the dust from a household with a dog preventing infection with a common respirational virus that is thought to escalate the risk of asthma symptoms in early childhood.

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