(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY CARISSA LOETHEN AND SHANLEY REYNOLDS
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT

 

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but a new study finds that they actually could be baby’s best friends. Here’s Fox.

 

“A new study finds babies that spend more time around dogs have fewer ear infections and respiratory problems than those who don't.”

 

Well, that’s cool news. But why? HLN explains.

 

“Researchers say there has to be more study, but they say some of the dirt animals bring in the house may actually build a baby's immune system.”

 

So as Kathie Lee & Hoda point out, the dirtier the dog, the better!
 

“The dirtier the dog, the healthier the kid. Apparently if your dog really rolls around in the sludge outside and brings all those germs in and loves up all over your kid. They build immunities. They build immunity. So dirty dogs all the way.”

 

But the study didn’t just examine dogs. They took cats into consideration too. However, the results were better with dogs than cats.

 

In the several months the study lasted, children with dogs were healthier 31 percent more of that time than the kids who didn't have any pets. With cats, it was 6 percent more healthy time.

 

So what makes dogs the healthier pick? CNN points out the explanation could be pretty simple.

 

“...hygiene hypothesis that you don't want to keep your kids really clean because then their immune system doesn't develop right ... Maybe these dogs were bringing in more dirt than the cats were.”

 

The study was done in Finland and looked at 397 children under the age of one, but The Wall Street Journal explains what makes this study unique.

 

“What’s unique about this study is that the moms enrolled in this study while they were pregnant. … And this tracked symptoms every week in these kids during the study.”

 

The study also showed that the earlier you expose your child to your pet, the better your chances at lowering your child’s risk of allergies and asthma. TIME explains:

 

“That’s because during the first year of life, babies’ immune systems are still learning how to recognize microbial friend from foe, and it could be that early training with low-dose exposures in the form of pet hair may be beneficial.”

 

According to one author of the study, the reason babies are healthier in homes with dogs is still uncertain, though it may have something to do with the microbes in dirt or animal dander stimulating the child’s immune system. 

Cats, Dogs May Boost Babies' Immune Systems

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Jul 11, 2012

Cats, Dogs May Boost Babies' Immune Systems

 

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY CARISSA LOETHEN AND SHANLEY REYNOLDS
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT

 

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but a new study finds that they actually could be baby’s best friends. Here’s Fox.

 

“A new study finds babies that spend more time around dogs have fewer ear infections and respiratory problems than those who don't.”

 

Well, that’s cool news. But why? HLN explains.

 

“Researchers say there has to be more study, but they say some of the dirt animals bring in the house may actually build a baby's immune system.”

 

So as Kathie Lee & Hoda point out, the dirtier the dog, the better!
 

“The dirtier the dog, the healthier the kid. Apparently if your dog really rolls around in the sludge outside and brings all those germs in and loves up all over your kid. They build immunities. They build immunity. So dirty dogs all the way.”

 

But the study didn’t just examine dogs. They took cats into consideration too. However, the results were better with dogs than cats.

 

In the several months the study lasted, children with dogs were healthier 31 percent more of that time than the kids who didn't have any pets. With cats, it was 6 percent more healthy time.

 

So what makes dogs the healthier pick? CNN points out the explanation could be pretty simple.

 

“...hygiene hypothesis that you don't want to keep your kids really clean because then their immune system doesn't develop right ... Maybe these dogs were bringing in more dirt than the cats were.”

 

The study was done in Finland and looked at 397 children under the age of one, but The Wall Street Journal explains what makes this study unique.

 

“What’s unique about this study is that the moms enrolled in this study while they were pregnant. … And this tracked symptoms every week in these kids during the study.”

 

The study also showed that the earlier you expose your child to your pet, the better your chances at lowering your child’s risk of allergies and asthma. TIME explains:

 

“That’s because during the first year of life, babies’ immune systems are still learning how to recognize microbial friend from foe, and it could be that early training with low-dose exposures in the form of pet hair may be beneficial.”

 

According to one author of the study, the reason babies are healthier in homes with dogs is still uncertain, though it may have something to do with the microbes in dirt or animal dander stimulating the child’s immune system. 

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