Babies With Dogs in the Family Get Sick Less Often
Get a Dog: Baby May Get Sick Less
We have a dog and a baby. I can not say from previous experience but our baby has yet to be sick (KNOCKING ON WOOD LIKE A CRAZY PERSON).
A new study shows there might be something behind this idea. I have also discovered something wonderful in writing this post. Do a Google search of “babies and dogs”.
The world will seem like a much better place after you see some of the images.
Talk about cute…
In the Finnish study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers studied nearly 400 babies from birth throughout their first year. They focused on the respiratory health of the infants in relation to their contact with cats and dogs. Turns out, Fido can offer health benefits.
Not only did the babies who live with dogs have fewer instances of respiratory tract symptoms and infections than babies without pets did, but they also needed fewer courses of antibiotics and experienced less ear infections and runny noses. Cats weren’t proven to significantly affect the babies’ health.
“These results suggest that dog contacts may have a protective effect on respiratory tract infections during the first year of life,” wrote researcher Eija Bergroth of Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, in the study’s conclusion.