Surprising New Info About Children, Allergies, and Pets|
Susan Dunn...The EQ Coach
Have you wondered whether to get your child a pet or
not? Does your family have a history of allergies and have you been told by
your pediatrician it’s not a good idea?
There’s interesting news from the Medical College of George (MCG), evidence
from a new study about children and pets published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association that having pets may actually help with
Dr. Dennis R. Ownby, chief of MCG’s Section of Allergy and immunology has
followed 474 babies from birth to age 7 and has found that children exposed
to two or more in-door pets were half as likely to develop common allergies.
“Allergists have been trained for generations that dogs and cats in the
house are bad because they increase the risk of you becoming allergic to
the; we know that before you become allergic to something, you have to be
repeatedly exposed to it.”
He and his staff were just as surprised at the results of their study as you
may be reading it! “The data didn’t look the way it was supposed to; as a
matter of fact, it was very strongly the opposite of what we expected to
find,” said Ownby.
Ownby speculates that the reason so many kids have allergies and ashthma now
is because we live too clean a life.
When kids play with cats and dogs, he says, they get licked. And that lick
transfers a lot of Gram-negative bacteria that may change the way the
child’s immune system responds, says Ownby. The “lick” gives them exposure
to higher levels of what’s called “endotoxins,” the breakdown toxin from the
According to an article from the Medical College of Georgia, studies from
southern Germany and Switzerland are confirming that children of farmers,
regularly exposed to animals, have less allergies than city kids.
Check it out with your pediatrician, but it may be getting a pet or two
would be beneficial for your children's allergy resistance, as well as all
the other benefits we drive from our beloved pets.
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