The relationship between children and pets is usually political: there are people who like that children relate to animals from an early age, while others prefer to avoid them. A new study can change one vision. Mir!
Researchers from the Swedish University of Gothenburg analyzed the relationship between children and allergies and found a pattern: more contact with pets reduces the risk of allergies or asthma. Until now there have been studies that show this relationship but with animals. This working group wondered if this would change to have some at home.
So, they analyzed information from the work of previous colleagues and observed that, in fact, the number of pets was relevant. According to results published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE, in the first study to review the incidence of allergies, it dropped from 43% in boys who spent their first year with pets at home to 24% in those living with three and both of them who living with five does not develop them.
In the second work, the same benefits can be proven: after 8 or 9 years, those who share their first childhood with pets have a 48% risk of having allergies, while the numbers decrease to 21% in those who are exposed. to two or more.
A dog or cat that is rarely at home or in contact with children may not have a protective effect, said Bill Hesselmar, one of the authors, as an explanation so that this relationship had never been seen before.