How can I prevent a pet allergy in my child?

Having dogs and cats around during the first year of life may help kids dodge disease. Research has shown that children growing up in households with two or more pets were 50 percent less likely to react to allergens in the future compared with children growing up without pets. These allergens included not only cat and dog dander but also molds, grasses and other common allergens.

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