Study: Pets Make Healthier Kids
A new study found that families with pets in the house could end up with healthier kids. The Finnish study followed nearly 400 newborns during their first year and found that babies who grew up with dogs or cats had fewer ear infections and respiratory problems.
Researchers say animal interaction helps a baby’s immune system to mature more quickly. They also found that kids with pets needed less medication, even when they were sick.
Good to hear. We’ve always had lots of pets in our house as the boys grew up. We’re up to five right now (3 dogs, 2 cats). That’s not counting the baby birds in nests just outside our front door and under our back patio. I don’t think those were in the study. Our kids have always been fairly healthy.
What all our animals have NOT done for my kids though is keep them from injuring themselves during their teenage years. No amount of pets could help them with that.
BTW, here’s a preview of tonight’s late news: