Your pets are your best friends in the world, but they can be your kiddies' BESTEST friends!
Finnish researchers have discovered that having a dog can help reduce the risk for respiratory illnesses and ear infection.
In their study of 397 children, from gestation to age one, the researchers found that dog owning moms' gave their children a better chance against illnesses and used less antibiotics than children who were never exposed to dogs.
Cats also helped improve the children's health, but to a lesser extent.
Inside vs. outside dogs also impact child health. The study found that dogs that spend less than six hours inside gave kids lower health risks. The researcher believe that dogs attract dirt and the more dirt a child is exposed to, the more bacteria the child is exposed to, building a stronger immune system.
But allergies are another story.
The study found that parents with pet allergies will more than like pass the traits to their kids.
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