11pm Pets and Asthma
02
September

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , /


Anchor: MILLIONS OF KIDS IN THE U.S. HAVE ASTHMA BUT NOW PET LOVERS AND PARENTS TAKE NOTE, IT DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN GETTING RID OF THE FAMILY PET. Anchor: IS HAVING A DOG IN THE HOUSE MAY OFFER PROTECTION AGAINST ASTHMA. NEWS 6 ANCHOR JULIE BROUGHTON HAS DETAILS. Reporter: MELISSA’S SON WAS BORN A HAPPY, HEALTHY BABY BUT IN THE BACK OF HER MIND SHE LIVES WITH THE WORRY THAT LIKE HIS FATHER HE MIGHT DEVELOP ASTHMA. HE HAD ECZEMA SINCE HE WAS BORN AND THAT IS A SIGN OF THEM HAVING ALLERGIES. ASTHMA IS STILL A SEVERE DISEASE PEOPLE DIE OF. Reporter: AN ESTIMATED 6.8 MILLION CHILDREN IN THE U.S. SUFFER FROM ASTHMA WHICH IS WHY THE DOCTOR SAYS THE RESULTS OF A RECENT STUDY ARE INTERESTING. RESEARCHERS IN SWEDEN FOUND EARLY EXPOSURE TO DOGS AND FARM ANIMALS APPEAR TO REDUCE ASTHMA RISKS IN CHILDREN. THERE IS DIFFERENT TYPES OF ASTHMA THERE IS EARLY-ONSET, ALLERGIC ASTHMA AND LATE ONSET ASTHMA WHICH MAY NOT BE ALLERGIC IN ORIGIN. Reporter: THE LINK BETWEEN PETS AND ASTHMA REFERS TO HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS THAT KIDS THESE DAYS ARE KEPT AWAY FROM NATURALLY OCCURRING ELEMENTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT THAT COULD HELP STRENGTHEN THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM INCLUDING PET DANDER. WHILE FAST AMENDING THE DOCTOR SAYS THERE ARE MANY UNKNOWNS. THERE IS SOMETHING TO THE ENVIRONMENT WE LIVE IN. THE THING IS THAT IT’S NOT ONLY ONE POINT THAT THESE TO THE ANSWER. Reporter: MELISSA IS GLAD SHE’S GOT A DOG IN THE HOUSE FOR MORE REASONS THAN ONE. IT’S GOOD FOR KIDS TO HAVE THAT LITTLE COMPANION THAT THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF AND PLAY WAS. Reporter: WHAT IS UNCLEAR IS WHAT OTHER FACTORS MAY BE IN PLAY INCLUDING GENETIC THAT THE STUDY COULD BE HELPFUL FOR


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