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Would you get a dog if it prevented eczema in your children?

Family dog may help stop eczema in kids
But a cat may increase the risk for children prone to allergies, study finds
NEW YORK — Young children with a family history of allergies may be less likely to develop the allergic skin condition eczema if they live with a dog starting in infancy, a new study suggests.

On the other hand, researchers found, living with a cat may increase those odds -- but only among children who have a specific sensitivity to cat allergen.

The findings, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, do not prove that puppies are protective and kitties are bad for allergy-prone children. Instead, they add to what appears to be a complex, and often confusing, relationship between the family pet and kids' allergy risks.


Asked by tasches at 6:29 PM on Oct. 13, 2010 in Health

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  • I have 13 children, I couldn't have a dog even if I wanted too!!!

    Answer by Mom2Many1999 at 10:25 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • Thats crazy!! glad I have dogs and no cats :)

    Answer by kiansmom0423 at 6:31 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • We had two dogs when my son was born and he still had eczema. So, no, I wouldn't get a dog just for that purpose.

    Answer by Orionsgirl at 6:34 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • If you wanted one. If you do not really care to have one than you may not give it the love it deserves, besides that sounds a little hookey.

    Answer by peace013 at 8:33 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

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    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 6:29 PM on Oct. 13, 2010