|Posted by stewartsinnovations on July 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM||comments (1)|
I believe that most, if not all, kids will benefit from having a dog in the family. In the Herald Sun last week there was an interesting article that backed up my gut feeling, with sound, scientific evidence. New research from Finland has shown that toddlers exposed to dogs and cats have fewer respiratory and ear infections.
This study of almost 400 children published in Pediatrics Journal shows babies aged from nine weeks to a year experienced fewer coughs and ear infections and had less need for antibiotics if in regular pet contact. It appeared that young children with dogs had better health and that contact with dogs may protect them from respiratory infections.
I have always felt that children should be allowed to get outside, get a bit dirty and have fun with animals. It's great to see that science is now showing that the more exposure children have to dogs and dirt, the healthier their immune system will be!