Why pets make babies healthier

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Why pets make babies healthier

 

When a new baby comes into the home, one of the first things you think about is what is or is not safe for my baby? Often, having your beloved pets continue living in your home is questioned once your little bundle of love arrives.

But fear not! It has been reported by researchers in the journal Pediatrics, that babies who grow up in a home with a pet – namely a dog or a cat – are less likely to get sick than children who live pet-free.

Previous research has supported the same findings in addition to children having lower risk of allergies. Even over sanitizing your house is not in the best interest of your baby. A recent study in mice found that overexposure to household dust from homes with a dog actually prevented infection with a common respiratory virus that’s thought to increase asthma in children.

We know, we know… how can this be? It feels like it goes against everything we’ve been told. How do pets really protect against these diseases?

“We think the exposure to pets somehow matures the immune system so when the child meets the microbes, he might be better prepared for them,” says Dr. Eija Bergroth, a pediatrician at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland who led the current study.

Basically by allowing our children to be exposed to these things while they’re young, it gives them a chance to build up immunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. What it comes down to is that you don’t need to get rid of your pet because you are having a new baby join your family. Pets are family too and they actually contribute to the overall health of your baby. What fantastic news!

Bringing pets into a home with past pet problems.

 

Bringing pets into a home with past pet problems

So you just bought a lovely home, but as gorgeous as it is, you can tell the home had pet residents.  Now you and your family are ready to move in, but you’re concerned about how your four-legged family member will react.  It’s ideal to avoid territorial battles between past and present pets, so here are a few tips:

DO YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE MOVING IN?  If so, this is the perfect time to get into your new and still-empty home with your AirRestore Air Naturalization System and let it get to work.  Try to identify if there are any specific areas or accidents that need spot treatment.  If so, mist the area with water and set an AirRestore unit as close to the accident as possible and leave until dry.  Repeat if necessary. (Check out our ODOR CONTROL TIPS for more details.)

If the house simply has an overall “presence” of its past residents, distribute the four units of your Whole Home System evenly throughout the home.  Try to increase air circulation by turning on ceiling fans or cracking windows, if weather permits.  If the air is dry, adding a humidifier to each floor of the home could be helpful as well.  Then, simply let AirRestore go to work.

EVEN WITHOUT HAVING DAYS TO PREPARE, AirRestore can still help ease the transition and help prevent “territory wars” where a pet will try to cover the scent of another animal with its own scent.

  • First, it’s a good idea to follow some basic recommendations for moving a pet to a new house
    (tips for moving your pet: CLICK HERE).
  • Second, you can lessen your pet’s stress by naturalizing the air, hopefully preventing from putting your animal on natural defense.  Simply distribute your Whole Home System throughout your house as early as you can before welcoming in your pet to the home. This is a good opportunity to play with your pet in your new backyard for 20 minutes before exploring the new home!  Dedicate a unit to any specific accidents and try to keep your pet from these areas until you’ve had a chance to spot treat them with AirRestore.
  • Keep your AirRestore units running all day and night, preferably with ample air circulation.  Then, simply keep an eye on your pet. If it appears concerned with a specific spot, simply note that area to be in need of an AirRestore Spot Treatment.

Remember that while moving can be a very exciting time, it also can be stressful.  And any stress you’re feeling, your pet is, too.  Make time to relax and enjoy the move, and congratulations on your new home!