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Babies with dogs less likely to develop infections

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Posted in Science on 11th Jul, 2012 12:14 AM by AlexMuller

The study, published online July 9 in Pediatrics, tracked 397 kids in Finland from before they were born until they turned 1-year-old. Weekly questionnaires were given to parents that asked about their child's health and whether they owned a pet.

 


The researchers determined that 245 of the babies had a dog in the home (62 percent) and 136 babies (34 percent) had cat contact. By study's end, 65 percent of children lived in homes without a dog and almost 76 percent lived in a cat-free home, so not everyone with a pet had it throughout the entire study.

 


While respiratory infections and symptoms such as colds and wheezing are common in infants, an analysis revealed that babies who had early contact with dogs or cats were significantly healthier during the study and were 30 percent less likely to experience coughs, ear infections and symptoms such as stuffiness, runny nose, sneezing and congestion (rhinitis).

 

Babies born in homes with dogs were also 44 percent less likely to develop another common ailment in kids: ear infections. Kids with dogs were also 29 percent less likely to have used antibiotics in the past year than children without pets. More contact with the dog was associated with fewer health problems in general, which led the researchers to believe that early contact with an animal may mature the immune system in infancy, helping toddlers better ward off disease.

 



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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-07-11
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I wonder if this is why so many families have dogs? Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-07-11
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I wonder if this is why so many families have dogs? Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-07-11
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test Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-07-15
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Yes, great Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-07-30
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Yeah, just by that one photo from Berryz, I really want to get that one! Captain <3 and Chii.. OMG However, I have one probelm which is rather funny. I am in Japan but I haven't seen anybody sell these types of calendars anywhere in stores! Where do you buy them from? I even went to Nagoya's H!P shop/museum but they only had walls of photocards. The amount of H!P stuff sold at places like HMV/Tower Records is rather sad and have to sort through rows and rows of JPOP artists to find the H!P groups (granted, I'm a bit slow with the Japanese alphabetical ordering). I did see Risa's PB somewhere buried in the magazine section of HMV. It is much easier to buy AKB/SKE stuff but also not a huge selection in stores. I remember when I went to a Japanese music store in HK a few years ago, they had every kind of H!P PB on display being in Japan and not seeing that is sad! Sorry for going on a slight tangent! Any help? Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-25
+0
BkLQrn I really liked your blog post.Thanks Again. Much obliged. Reply


 

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