There’s no doubt that having kids and pets coexisting in the same house can get a bit hectic. If 62 percent of households in America have decided to bring pets into their homes, though, there must be some benefit to adopting a cute kitten or adorable puppy. It turns out that there’s actually a slew of advantages that come from being a pet owner. While it’s undeniably a huge responsibility to adopt an animal, various studies and stats about pets’ benefits on moms and babies prove animals make happier homes.
Bringing a pet (most commonly a dog or a cat) into your home can have many positive effects on you and your kids. From your physical health to your mental health, keeping pets in the home is extremely beneficial for everybody. It’s not only health that pets are good for, either. They can help stimulate your children’s sense of responsibility, help them with their education, and bring them closer to their siblings. It also keeps them active, especially if you’re a dog-owning family.
Deciding to bring an animal into your home is certainly an extra responsibility, but multiple studies show it has the ability to be a great thing for both you and your kids.
Pets Protect Against Diseases
According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, children who grow up with pets are less likely to get sick than their peers who don’t. The researchers believe that when babies who are exposed to pet dander it helps bolster their immune systems at an early age. Right from the start, these babies can fend off a variety of allergens, bacteria, and viruses thanks to their pets. A previous study had also linked households with pets to babies with lower allergy rates. In addition to lower risk of allergies among babies, having a dog in the home has also been shown to help prevent infection from a common virus with the ability to increase the risk of asthma in children.
Pets Help Kids Learn
Mary Renck Jalongo, PhD, the author of The World of Children and Their Companion Animals,…