Early contact with animals is linked to reduced asthma risk, study showsBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5850 (Published 03 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5850
- Susan Mayor
Contact with dogs or farm animals during the first year of a child’s life is associated with reduced risk for childhood asthma, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics has shown.1
Childhood asthma is increasing, and this is blamed on environmental factors, including tobacco smoke exposure, domestic cat and dog exposure, microbial exposure, and socioeconomic factors. Several studies have shown that early childhood exposure to pets is actually associated with reduced risk of asthma, but results have been conflicting.
To investigate this further, researchers looked at the association between asthma …