Many parents who live with their pets surely have always had the doubt of whether their dogs or their cats could have any negative impact on the health of their babies. Well, a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has revealed that children who during their first year of life live with these animals grow healthier and less affected by respiratory infections than those who live without hearing barks and meows at home.
Some infections, such as those related to the respiratory tract or hearing, are frequent in babies during their first months, however, in the cases analyzed (about 400 children) that had regular contact with a dog their little ones owners they had fewer problems related to these pathologies, and, if they had them, the treatments based on required antibiotics were shorter.
Although the fact of living with a cat also showed "protective" effects on children, the results were somewhat more modest in this sense than with dogs.
The conclusion of the specialists who made this study, published in the magazine 'Pediatrics', is that living together with these pets not only brings company and joy to the family, but it can have a positive influence on the maturation of the immune system during the childhood.