If you've ever considered adding a furry friend to your family, I've got a good argument for you to do so.
A recent study published in the European Respiratory Journal examined 9,000 children and found:
Children growing up with a pet trains the immune system to be less sensitive to potential triggers for allergies like asthma, eczema and hay fever.
To see what the lead researcher had to say,
Joachim Heinrich of the National Research Centre for Environmental Health in Munich said:
Our results show clearly that the presence of a dog in the home during subjects’ infancy is associated with a significantly low level of sensitization to pollens and inhaled allergens
So go to your local pound and pick out a pup to bring home to baby. Your family will get more than a new best friend.