Did You Know?: Early Pet Exposure Reduces Allergies
I’m Jeremy Shere.
Some parents fear that having a pet in the house may raise the risk of their kids becoming allergic to cats or dogs. But did you know that keeping a pet may do just the opposite?
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have followed a group of children from birth until age 18. The researchers studied participants’ blood samples and found that those who’d lived with an indoor dog during their first year of life had about half the risk of becoming allergic compared to those who did not live with a dog. Ditto for cats.
Other studies have shown that being exposed to a variety of allergens early in life can lead to overall better health. Exposure to cats and dogs is no exception.
And now you know.
Did you Know is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.