(Closed) Newborns Allergic to Dogs/Pets?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not sure how common pet allergies (or other allergies) are in newborns, but it seems that if a newborn starts showing signs of allergy, the first thing to be blamed is the pet.

I’ve seen so many times people get rid of a cat or dog because a baby is “allergic” without actually testing whether that *is* the allergy. The family pet is an easy scapegoat to blame for allergies when it could be other environmental aspects like dust, laundry detergent, pollen, etc. Or the child could have another issue that looks like an allergy.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@KatNYC2011:  Totally agree with what you say.

 

A lot fo times its the “easiest” and best excuse someone has to re-home a pet also without feeling as “guilty” or a reason to “justify” I know that sounds snarky, but working in animal rescue, you see it a LOT. I personally have never seen it with someone I actually know having it as a legit problem.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve also heard that having a pet in the house during the early newborn stages of life can actually ALLEVIATE the baby’s allergies and make their immune system stronger for the rest of their life.

This is one of those things that you never know until you try, I guess!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

The people in those ads are almost always lying when they give that excuse, so I wouldn’t worry too much!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most of the time, it’s an excuse (the parents don’t want to get flamed for saying “we just don’t want the pet anymore now that we have a baby”) or an overreaction of the parents (kid gets a sniffle and they freak and out think it’s an allergy to teh pet).

Studies show that kids that grow up with pets in the home are LESS likely to suffer from allergies and asthma.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Agreed, exposure to a pet like a dog reduces the chance of allergies. Most allergies can be handled by washing hands after petting the dog or handling its things, keeping the dog and the baby apart, and vaccumming and cleaning more frequently. An in home air filter can also help. 

I wouldn’t worry about it too much. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Allergies aren’t always an excuse. This really does happen. My neighbors just had to rehome their cat of 7 years because their 1 yr old son is very allergic. He was diagnosed by his doctor.Their 5 yr old daughter doesn’t have the allergies. It broke my neighbors’ hearts to have to give away their cat. They gave her to somebody free and they truly miss her. I’d be so upset to have to give away our dog if this happened.

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