Could Having a Pet Be Healthier For Your Child?

6:09 AM, Jul 9, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) --  Pets and children can do more than make cute pictures.

A new study out of Finland suggests babies who have a cat or dog around in their first year have fewer health problems.  Doctors say pets introduce dirt and dander that stimulate a childs immune system. This can make the body better at fighting off infection.

The healthiest children are those with dogs who spend a lot of time outside, according to the study. Researchers think it might be because they track in the most outside dirt.

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