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Exposure to Pets During Infancy Reduces Allergy Risk Later in Life: Study

by Iswarya on December 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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Exposure to Pets During Infancy Reduces Allergy Risk Later in Life: Study

Children who live with pets during infancy are less likely to develop allergies and other diseases later in childhood, reports a new study. The findings of the study are published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The study sought to learn about the possible benefits of germ exposure to infants living with pets in their home.


For the study, the researchers from the University of Gothenburg included 1,029 children who were either seven or eight years old.

In the first experiment, the researchers found that the incidence of allergies (which in this study included asthma, eczema, hay fever, and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis) was 49 percent for children who had not been exposed to pets as infants.

The number fell to 43 percent for children who had lived with a single pet as an infant and 24 percent for children who had lived with three pets.

In another experiment, which included 249 children, it showed that the allergy rate for children growing up without a pet was 48 percent, 35 percent for children with one pet and just 21 percent for children who had grown up with multiple pets.

Taken together, the two data sets showed that the more exposure infants have to pets, the less likely they are to develop allergies later in life, the team concluded.

Source: IANS


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