Animals and babies may be adorable together, but now science has proved even more reason to love the two together.
A study published by Microbiome found that there were increased levels of allergy-preventing bacteria in babies who lived with pets, particularly those with dogs and cats.
It’s not surprising though as multiple studies have revealed that relatively grubby behaviours, like nail-biting and thumb sucking could actually help young children build an even stronger immune system.
Author of the study, Anita Kozyrskyj highlighted that the earlier the exposure the better.
“There’s definitely a critical window of time when gut immunity and microbes co-develop” she noted.
Researchers at the University of Alberta also conducted a study on pregnant Canadian women and their babies. The finding revealed that babies with pets had more Ruminococcus and Oscillospira bacteria, which have directly been linked to a lower risk of developing childhood allergies and obesity.
While an interesting study, there is still further research needed to confirm the findings. If proven there are talks to help capture the pet bacteria into pill form.
Kozyrskyj added, "It's not far-fetched that the pharmaceutical industry will try to create a supplement of these microbiomes, much like was done with probiotics.”