A recent study in Finland found that babies who live in houses with pets are usually healthier, suffering from fewer colds, ear infections, and respiratory tract infections and symptoms. The study also found that the babies with cats and dogs received fewer antibiotics in their first year.
Noting that the families with dogs had healthier babies than the families with cats, the researchers are theorizing that dirt brought in by dogs, who are more often outside, exposes the children to more germs, building up the babies’ immune systems. (See, my non-cleaning is for the children.)
The study followed nearly 400 Finnish children from the mother’s third trimester through their first 12 months of life, reports WebMD.
This is all really, really good news for those of us with both pets and kids, since it’s virtually impossible to keep kids and animals separated. In fact, it seems that babies, kitties, and puppies find each other mutually delicious.
Check out these 14 photos of babies nomming on pets and pets nomming on babies.
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