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Pets May Prevent Asthma In Children, Study Finds

A Swedish study published in the journal JAMA pediatrics found that children exposed to pets or farm animals at an early age are less likely to develop for asthma.

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"Parents who fear they may need to give away a family pet with a newborn entering the home may not need to after all."

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Young children who are exposed to dogs or farm animals are less likely to develop asthma by the time they're six years old. After findings of a new Swedish study, that found that those who are around those animals as infants are 13 percent less likely to have asthma. The study suggests that parents who fear they may need to give away a family pet with a newborn entering a home, may not need to after all. Children who are around dogs or farm animals could be exposed to a bacteria that's associated with a lower risk of asthma.