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Dogs Can be Baby's Best Friend, Too

Posted by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM
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I may be late on this so please forgive me, with all that has been going on I am still trying to catch up on posts that I missed this week. :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dogs Can be Baby’s Best Friend, Too

By Roy Benaroch, MD

Dog and Baby

study published this week in the journal Pediatrics is good news for dog lovers everywhere. Babies growing up in homes with dogs get sick less often

Finnish researchers studied the families of about 400 babies over the first year of life, tracking their health status with weekly questionnaires. They found that babies growing up with dogs in the home were sick less often, needed fewer courses of antibiotics, and had fewer ear infections. Overall, babies with no dogs were reported as healthy about 65% of the time, compared to 73% for those living with one or more dogs. The presence of cats, on the other hand, made little difference.

The authors speculate that the protective effect of dogs could be because families in dog-oriented households tend to spend more time outdoors. Also, dogs tend to track around some dirt and bacteria, which may provide some protective effects. Other research has confirmed that early animal exposures can reduce the risk of allergic disorders in addition to the infectious illnesses studied in this report.

Healthy dog ownership does require some care from parents. As toddlers explore, they need to be taught how to approach a dog safety. Kids should know not to bother a dog that is sleeping or eating, and not to approach strange dogs outside without asking an adult first.

So give your dog an extra treat. In addition to chasing mice and barking at strangers, your family pooch can help keep your children healthy. That’s something to wag about!

http://blogs.webmd.com/childrens-health/2012/07/dogs-can-be-babys-best-friend-too.html

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by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM
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by Bethany on Jul. 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM
We got Miller as a puppy when Hannah was 9 months old. She was scared $#!+less of him at first but we helped her get used to him, she warmed up to him pretty quick, and now they're best buds :) When she wakes up in the morning, the first word out of her mouth is "dawg?"

He's been good for all of us--we take way more walks now, and he and Cab play in the backyard together almost every day :)
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by on Jul. 14, 2012 at 7:06 AM

 We got a lab a little over a year ago and DD about had a fit but now they're best friends.  The daschund pup we recently added to the family, is in for it because the kids treat him like a doll :)

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