It's been scientifically proven that dog owners live longer. It's been scientifically proven that dog owners take more exercise. It's been scientifically proven that dogs reduce stress and decrease people's anxiety levels. It's been scientifically proven that people who have dogs are just plain awesome (OK, maybe I made that one up). But it has now been established that children who grow up with dogs have less allergies. The Australian reports
Allergy experts from Melbourne's Murdoch Childrens Research Institute studied more than 5000 babies and found those with young siblings and infants exposed to a dog inside the home were less likely to develop an allergic reaction to egg.Food allergies now affect up to 10 per cent of babies, according to the study published in the journal Allergy. The study found 10.8 per cent of infants with no siblings were allergic to egg but as the number of brothers and sisters increased the incidence of egg allergy decreased. Meanwhile, about 10 per cent of babies in households without a dog had an egg allergy compared to only six per cent of those with a dog.