Researchers have discovered that having a cat or dog at home may cause more infections among children, however, it will also boost their immune system long term resulting in fewer sick school days.
Having two or more pets in the house may also reduce your child’s risk of developing allergies by up to 50%. This applies to infants who are exposed to pet’s during their first year of life because this is a cruical time for developing their immune system. They are in fact exposed to more germs and infections which actually ends up increasing their immune system.
Here’s Lucas and Bubba- our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. He’s really great with kids and he just adores them. He’s looking forward to the day when Lucas can throw the ball for him. ( So am I!) He even helps offer support during tummy time!
It’s even been shown that children who have “germ-a-phobia” parents, who are overally cautious about keeping clean, may actually be weakining their immune system instead of strengthening it. I definitely believe that. It often seems like the parents who work so hard and keeping their kids free of sickness, are often the ones who actually end up sick the most often.
Along with strengthening your child’s immue system, pets are good for parent’s too! Studies connect dog and other pet ownership to higher mood levels, increase life span, and lower blood pressure. The benefits of having a family pet outweigh the negatives in more way than one.
Do you have a pet? How are they with your kids?