My godson samples Nemo's chew toy. He must have a strong immune system!
I have friends on both sides of the parenting spectrum. Some won't let me in the door without slathering my hands in antibacterial gel, while others are okay with their kids teething on my dogs' Kongs.
There isn't one right way to raise children (human or canine!), but it turns out that a little bit of dirt and fur may be a good thing.
The kids in pet families were also 44 percent less likely to get inner ear infections and 29 percent less likely to need antibiotics. The study found a similar correlation between infants and families with cats, but to a lesser extent.
The researchers believe that dirt and allergens introduced by animals may cause a child's immune system to mature faster.
Our pets hold a special place in our family and now we know they may also play an important role in developing our kids' immune systems.