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New Study Shows More Positive Effects of Dog Ownership for Children

Dogs may help with childhood eczema and asthma.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology held their annual meeting in Boston this past October. During the scientific portion of the event, a study was presented by Principal Investigators Drs. Gagandeep Cheema and Edward Zoratti. 

In "Effect of Prenatal Dog Exposure on Eczema Development in Early and Late Childhood" the scientists looked at the presence of eczema in infant children through two-years-old. This included exposure to a dog in the home for a minimum of one hour per day prior during pregnancy and after the birth of the child. They found a statistically significant decreased risk of asthma with children. This appeared to only last until the children reached the age of two and slowly decreased until the children were 10-years-old.

The finding is significant not only for the prevention of eczema in children, but also associated conditions such as allergies and asthma which can develop later in childhood.


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