Pet exposure could build your baby’s immunity and reduce obesity

Apr 18, 2017

Built on two decades of research, a recently published study shows babies from families with pets had higher levels of two gut microbes that protect against allergies and obesity. Anita Kozyrskyj, a University of Alberta pediatric epidemiologist, and Hein Min Tun, co-author and Alberta Innovates Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health, published their research paper on April 6, 2017. Their findings have attracted instant attention.

Learn more about this research:

Time Magazine – Health
April 12, 2017
Pets help kids build immunity even before they’re born

Medical Research News
April 10, 2017
Exposure to furry pets during pregnancy and babyhood may help keep your child lean

University of Alberta News
April 6, 2017
Pet exposure may reduce allergies and obesity

Science Daily News
April 6, 2017
Pet exposure may reduce allergy and obesity