Infants with Pets May Get Fewer Food Allergies

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A study in Japan found that children who live with pets might have fewer food allergies. Researchers looked at 66,000 children and discovered that if dogs or cats were around during their mothers' pregnancies or early childhood, the kids had a lower chance of having up to five food allergies. Children under 3 who spent time with dogs had fewer allergies to eggs, milk, and nuts. Babies in contact with cats had fewer allergies to eggs, wheat, and soybeans. The study included pets like turtles, birds, and hamsters, but only hamsters seemed to increase the risk of nut allergies. The research comes as food allergies, especially in children, are increasing in developed countries. Some people avoid having pets, thinking they might cause allergies, but this study suggests that dogs and cats could actually help reduce the risk.


1- What did the study in Japan find about children who live with pets?

2- According to the research, which pets were considered in the study?

3- What is the main message of the study regarding pets and allergies?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article by Bill Smith.