People have been taking pets as their family members for ages. The furry friends are joyful and innocent companions that offer unconditional love. Besides a daily source of games and lessons, dogs and cats are also protecting the health of the young ones. A team of scientists from the University of Alberta wants to assure people that they can adopt pets even when they are expecting a baby. This is because pet exposure does not lead to illnesses, on the contrary.
Pet Exposure Offers Kids Two Beneficial Microbers
Scientists from the University of Alberta have just released a study regarding the side-effects of owning a pet. Their findings suggest that babies who come from pet loving families have more elements of two microbes than others. However, this time the two types of microbes have no malicious nature. On the contrary, they act in favor of the babies by guarding them against obesity and allergies.
Anita Kozyrskyj, a pediatric epidemiologist, is the lead author of the study. She stated that there is an optimal time when the little person can make the most of the pet exposure. The critical window is when the fetus is still in the womb and up to three months after it was delivered. This is when the two bacteria, namely Ruminococcus and Oscillopsia, are bringing beneficial changes to the baby’s system.
In the Future, Pharmaceutical Industry Might Turn Pet Benefits into a Pill
The pet exposure works even while the fetus is developing in the mother’s womb. The pets affect the gut microbiome of the unborn baby through the mother in an indirect way. This connection was proven in cases where parents decided to give away their pets to adoption. Even if the newborn was brought in a new pet-free medium, it still showed increased signs of the two beneficial microbes as a consequence of pre-birth exposure.
Not only this, but pets are guarding the little people against other sorts of conditions. The study intercepted smaller chances of a vaginal group B Strep transmission. This condition exposes newborns to pneumonia. Doctors can prevent this scenario by administrating antibiotics to mothers during their delivering.
According to the findings of this research, Anita Kozyrskyj believes that the pharmaceutical industry will take advantage of the results. Thus, no one should be surprised if hospitals start selling a dog in a pill someday. This would be no different from the beginning of the commercialization of probiotics.
Image source: 1