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Tuesday, 05 January 2016 15:23

A dog in the house 'can protect against asthma'

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Having a dog in the house could help protect a young baby from developing asthma later in childhood, a study has concluded. The study is published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics

The analysis also suggests that early exposure to farm animals also have protective effect against asthma.

The risk of developing asthma in kids had been found associated with number of environment factors, including weather, pollution.  We have observed increase in rate of respiratory diseases in highly polluted cities, in compare to people staying in village in India.

 "Earlier studies have shown that growing up on a farm reduces a child’s risk of asthma to about half," says Tove Fall, an assistant professor in epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden who led the research. "We wanted to see if this relationship also was true also for children growing up with dogs in their homes."

The researchers drew on data from all of the 1 million plus children born in Sweden from 2001 to 2010

They found that 5% of those in the pre-school age group were treated for asthma symptoms, while 4.2% developed asthma symptoms when they were aged 6.

Dogs and farm animals have similar preventive effects

They conclude that babies exposed to dogs during the first year of life had a 13% lower risk of asthma before school age. Exposure to farm animals was associated with a 31% lower risk of asthma during pre-school years and a 52% lower risk of asthma in school-aged children.

"For what we believe to be the first time in a nationwide setting, we provide evidence of a reduced risk of childhood asthma in 6-year-old children exposed to dogs and farm animals," the authors say. "This information might be helpful in decision making for families and physicians on the appropriateness and timing of early animal exposure."

Tove Fall also commented that the study result is in line up with the hygiene hypothesis that favours exposure to dust and dirt to improve our tolerance of common allergens. He says couples who are pregnant or are planning to have a baby shouldn't worry about getting a dog or a puppy if they want one.

However, she stresses that getting a dog will not cure a child's allergies and could make them worse.

'More studies needed' suggested Erika Kennington, Head of Research at  Asthma UK.

News source: Web MD asthma Health Center

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