I cannot resist to post those two links toward scientific articles with the aim of giving a little advertisement for the benefit of our four legs companions!
Reference: Hölscher B, Frye C, Wichmann HE, Heinrich J. Exposure to pets and allergies in children. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. 2002;13(5):334-341. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1034/j.1399-3038.2002.02063.x.
Reference: Bergroth E, Remes S, Pekkanen J, Kauppila T, Büchele G, Keski-Nisula L. Respiratory Tract Illnesses During the First Year of Life: Effect of Dog and Cat Contacts. Pediatrics. 2012 Jul;Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2011-2825.
- Babies with dogs less likely to develop colds, ear infections as infants (cbsnews.com)
- Pets May Make Children Healthier (wibw.com)