Why a dog is a child’s best friend

| 10/07/2012

dog & baby.jpg(Daily Mail): They have long been thought of as man’s best friend. But it seems dogs could also have benefits for babies. Having a pet dog helps keep under-ones free from breathing problems and infections, studies suggest. Researchers found babies who lived with a dog spent fewer weeks with ear infections, coughs or running noses. They were also less likely to need antibiotics. Dogs are thought to prime children's immune system to attack bacteria and viruses. Living with cats could also be good for babies’ health, but to a lesser extent. The finding knits with the hygiene hypothesis – that a certain amount of exposure to dirt and grime helps the immune system mature.

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