A new study finds babies who lived with a dog or cat during the first year of life were healthier than babies with no dog or cat.
Researchers in Finland found that babies up to a year old in homes with dogs were not only healthier overall, but also had fewer respiratory tract symptoms and fewer infections.
"One question that I get asked a lot as a pediatrician, is can I have a dog in the house," said Dr. Emma Raizman, a Pediatrician at the Cleveland Clinic. "I have this new baby. Is that going to be a problem. So this article really shows that in that first year it can actually be a good thing to have them both together."
Dr. Raizman did not participate in the study, but as she tells us, researchers believe that a dog, and to a lesser extent cats, help a babies immune system mature faster. That means fewer runny noses and doctor visits.