BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Keeping a dog as a pet might come with childhood advantages to the health, claims a new study. This determined kids might be more protected against developing childhood eczema is they are born or grow up in a home with dogs.
“Although eczema is commonly found in infants, many people don’t know there is a progression from eczema to food allergies to nasal allergies and asthma,” states Gagandeep Cheema, the study’s lead author, M.D., and ACAAI member.
Study results were presented during the latest ACAAI or the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology’s Annual Scientific Meeting.
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The research team set out to determine whether growing up with a furry, four-legged canine friend might help ‘slow down’ the effects and progression of eczema in kids. To do so, the scientists examined mother-child pairs that also had a dog and spent time with it.
This “exposure” was termed as meaning that the owners kept one or more dogs indoors for an hour or more every day. Based on this, the team noticed that expectant mothers that spent time with their canine friends before giving birth had infants that presented lower risks of eczema by the age of two.
However, the “protective effect” associated with dogs did lower as the children were around ten years old.
A second, similar study analyzed the effects of exposing Baltimore children that have asthma to dogs. One of the targeted points was the reactions of kids that were also allergic to dogs to the exposure. Another looked at the effects of the allergens or proteins carried by the canines on the children.
According to the research findings, spending time with a dog might be beneficial for children that have asthma. However, kids that are also allergic to the canines themselves might see their asthma symptoms worsen because of such an exposure.
The results of this second study were also presented during the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting.
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