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.
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