Kids who have puppies or ponies may have lower asthma risk, study reports


Babies exposed to dogs and farm animals may be less likely to develop asthma by the age six, a Swedish study suggests.

Dog exposure during infancy was associated with a 13 percent lower risk of asthma in school-age children, while farm animal exposure was linked to a 52 percent risk reduction.

While the findings don’t prove that puppies prevent asthma, they do suggest that expectant parents may not need to give away the family pet for fear their baby might develop asthma from being around the dog, said lead study author Tove Fall of Uppsala University in Sweden.

So this is excellent news for children who love dogs!

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