A doggy at home keeps kids lot more healthy

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

Hav­ing a furry friend at home may lead to re­duced risk of al­lergy and obe­sity in chil­dren, sug­gests new re­search.

Ba­bies from fam­i­lies with pets — usu­ally dogs — showed higher lev­els of two types of mi­crobes as­so­ci­ated with lower risks of al­ler­gic dis­ease and obe­sity, ac­cord­ing to the study pub­lished in the jour­nal Mi­cro­biome.“The abun­dance of these two bac­te­ria were in­creased twofold when there was a pet in the house,” said study au­thor Anita Kozyrskyj, Univer­sity of Al­berta, Canada.

The lat­est find­ings from Kozyrskyj and her team’s work on fe­cal sam­ples col­lected from in­fants reg­is­tered in the Cana­dian Healthy In­fant Lon­gi­tu­di­nal De­vel­op­ment study have built on two decades of re­search that show chil­dren who grow up with dogs have lower rates of asthma.

In the cur­rent study, the re­searchers found that ex­po­sure to pets in the womb or up to three months af­ter birth in­creases the abun­dance of Ru­minococ­cus and Os­cil­lospira, bac­te­ria linked with re­duced child­hood al­ler­gies and obe­sity. The pet ex­po­sure was shown to af­fect the gut mi­cro­biome in­di­rectly — from dog to mother to un­born baby — dur­ing preg­nancy as well as dur­ing the first three months of the baby’s life.

In other words, even if the dog had been given away for adop­tion just be­fore the woman gave birth, the healthy mi­cro­biome ex­change could still take place.

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