Living with animals reduces the risk of allergies

A new study by scientists from Gothenburg (Sweden) reveals that children growing up with animals are less likely to develop allergies. The research group, whose study was published in the newspaper “Plos one”, analyzed two previous studies on the health monitoring of some children, and containing information on the presence or absence of animals at home .

A first study was based on a questionnaire of 1,029 children aged 7 to 8, who were asked to answer questions about the development or otherwise of diseases such as asthma or allergies. It appeared after analysis that 49% of respondents who did not grow up with an animal had at least one allergy or asthma, compared to 43% for children who lived with an animal and 24% for those who had lived with more than one animal.

A second study was based on an analysis of laboratory data on the health status of 249 children aged 8 to 9 years.

Through this study, researchers were able to show that the allergy rate was 48% in children growing up without animals, compared to 35% for children living with an animal and 21% for children with several animals.
This set of data therefore establishes that the more babies are exposed to life with animals, the less likely they are to develop an allergy.

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Andrei Santov

Andrei, a sociologist by profession, born in Russia but currently located in UK, covers mostly European and Russia-related news for The Talking Democrat.