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Dogs and Cats Help Babies' Health, Study Finds

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Researchers say infants in houses with dogs and cats get fewer runny noses, coughs and ear infections.

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Aino Viita (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 3:26 am

Teresa W (782)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 3:50 am
I don't believe it. Dogs and cats carry parasites which harm children's (and adults') health. Read Hulda Clark's book The Cure of All Diseases!

Carol H (229)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 4:01 am
noted, thank you Cal

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 4:34 am
Thanks, noted.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 6:11 am
Noted. Thanks.

Dee C (229)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 8:28 am
"The dirt and bugs that dogs and cats introduce to human babies can be beneficial -- a sort of cross-training for an infant immune system"

Absolutely true..My children grew up around dogs and cats..and they were very healthy..Hardly ever had colds..flu..anything like that..On the other cousin never allowed pets in her home..was a complete germ freak..and all of her children were constantly down with ear infections..strep throat..runny noses..coughs/colds..

Today more and more parents are realizing that the key to a healthy child is a strong immune system..All children are constantly exposed to disease producing organisms such as bacteria..viruses..fungi and parasites but this doesn't mean they will get sick..A strong immune system provides a child with the natural defenses to fight off disease..

If a child has a weakened immune system they are more susceptible to colds..flu and other problems.. Germs are everywhere and being exposed to them is a natural part of life..It is not natural..however.. to try and 'germ proof' your child..In fact exposure to different viruses and bacteria can actually strengthen your child's immune system..Some childhood diseases such as mumps..measles..chickenpox and rubella can help to build immunity and protect against these diseases..

Both of my sons grew up to do the same with their children..and my grandchildren have been very far..

Thanks Cal..
Good article

Nicole W (646)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 12:28 pm
this is so true

Debbie Crowe (87)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 1:35 pm
I always thought exposure to pets early in life could stimulate the immune system to fight off infections, but now it has been confirmed.

My son hardly ever got sick while we had our dog. After she left for the Rainbow Bridge, all we had was 5 Inside cats. Our son started picking up colds and the flu bug from school or from us. I guess the Inside cats didn't have enough germs to build up our immune systems.

Veronique L (209)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 2:33 pm
This doesn't unfortunately prove to be true with my 4-year-old granddaughter...

Heather Norstrom (51)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 3:01 pm
I must say that I believe this to be true. Cal, thanks for the article. I always enjoy reading the articles you send, well except for the one that contained false anti-PETA information.

Danuta W (1248)
Wednesday July 11, 2012, 3:13 am
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