Dogs help asthma sufferers!
Well if you have, scientists have new research that suggests having a dog reduces the risk of children getting asthma by 15%.
At the Uppsala University in Sweden researchers also say being close to farm animals can reduce asthma by up to a massive 50%.
Their findings suggest that living in too-clean conditions when you’re a baby or child can increase the likelihood of developing allergy conditions such as asthma. This is known as ‘the hygiene hypothesis’.
In Sweden, scientists have looked at lots of different data from more than one million children born between 2001 and 2010, where people own dogs or farm animals. (It’s easy to check because they have to be registered by law.)
Visits to the doctor and all prescriptions for medicine are also recorded.
Co-author of the report, Professor Malmros from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said: “We know that children with established allergy to cats or dogs should avoid them. But their results also show that children who grow up with dogs have reduced risks of asthma later in life.”
One asthma sufferer said: “I love dogs and the idea of them stopping children suffer from asthma is great!
Alice year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy