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Pets in your home? Your children may thank you

Posted by on June 13, 2011 – 2:28 pm

A new TIME report discusses the health benefits of having a dog or cat in the home with infants to reduce allergies.
Based on what I read, a study found babies – well, boys anyway – are less likely to have animal allergies later in life if they grow up in a home with a cat or a dog.
Our 10-year-old dog – a lazy pug named Jasmine – was our first “child.” She arrived about two years before the kids, so all three of them have had her to love on since their births.
My son has been tested for allergies and his are all plant related. Neither of my daughters has been tested, but lately my 6-year-old is sneezing up a storm. I’m sure it is seasonal because we saw improvement after giving her an over the counter children’s allergy medicine based on advice from the doc.
As for the baby, well, only time will tell. But the researchers found the effect on girls wasn’t the same on boys.
Given her recent habit of rubbing her nose in my shirt – possibly when tired, possibly due to a cold, possibly allergies? – I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

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