Kids, Pets and Allergies

       A study says one-year-olds who have two or more dogs or cats have a lower risk of developing some common allergies. The study followed the kids until they were six. It looked at allergies to dogs and cats as well as other common allergens such as molds and grasses. About one third of kids with no pets were allergic to something, but only about 15 percent of kids with two or more pets had an allergy.The lead researcher thinks it may take some certain amount of exposure to pet allergens to get the protection. And he says two pets may be enough to do it.Previous research indicated that pet exposure in childhood could raise the risk of allergies. But the new report says those studies were few in number and not as well designed. The researcher is at the

Medical
College of Georgia. The study is in the Journal of the American
Medical
Association.