Buying your child a dog might be the best decision you could ever take. Two new studies have discovered that man’s best friends can really help children become more resistant to asthma and eczema. The findings have been presented during the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
Having a dog can really reduce a child’s chance to develop asthma
For the first study, researchers analyzed the condition of children who have grown up with a dog. The second one explored the protection which dogs might offer to kids against asthma, even in those cases when the children exhibit dog allergies.
Eczema is not something unusual in children, but many parents are not aware of the evolution of the condition, and what it might lead to. Most of the time, eczema might develop into different types of allergies, with the last stage being asthma. This is why researchers wanted to see if owning a dog helped with the process and slowed it down.
The results of the first study revealed that mothers who kept dogs indoors for at least one hour a day while they were pregnant reduced their children’s risk of developing eczema before they turned two. However, the second research was different, and looked at children with both asthma and dog allergies.
Dog exposure can be more problematic for allergic children
Dogs carry bacteria, which can actually be protective. These elements offered the kids a higher degree of protection against asthma. However, dogs also carry some allergens, which affect those children with dog allergies. These can seriously be bad for the children, as they might lead to the development of asthma in the future.
Therefore, spending time with dogs might be seriously problematic to allergic children. If they don’t get exposed to the allergens, the situation seems alright, but it’s quite difficult to control one’s exposure to allergens while still being around their source.
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