PETS AND BABIES
Until recently, it was thought that babies and pets should never live together. Separating with a pet is an extremely difficult decision, which, fortunately you will hardly have to take.
The common belief is that dogs, cats (and all other pets) are a potential source of infections, aggression and allergies, and that they have no place in the baby’s home.
Recently, a totally different statement has gained popularity – that domestic animals, and especially dogs, can reduce the risk of the child developing allergies. The immune system of children who live with a pet is better developed and they get sick less frequently. It is believed that this phenomenon is due to the fact that, thanks to the pet, the child encounters a much wider range of potential allergens.
WHAT’S THE RISK OF DISEASES?
If the pet is dewormed and vaccinated regularly, there is no cause for concern. You need to clean the house a little more often and restrict your pet’s access to the nursery.
If you have a cat – test it for toxoplasmosis. If the result is positive – test yourself, too.
Animals do not attack without provocation. Aggression towards the youngest is usually caused by jealousy (all attention is directed to the baby) or rough handling. Proper training can prevent accidents. On one hand, the pet should feel comfortable about running and screaming children. On the other hand, the child should be explained that animals are not walking toys and that they also need personal space.
When the necessary measures are taken, your pet can only be a benefit to the child. That’s how they learns responsibility, love, and respect for animals. Children often talk to their pets, which makes them much better at communicating with people.