How Pets Can Improve Your Baby's Life
Your pet makes photos of your baby even sweeter — that's been clear since the day they met. But did you know pets can help make babies smart, kind and healthy, too? That's right, research has shown pets have more benefits to kids than just being their best friends and selfie partners.
Pets Teach Empathy
Growing up with a furry sidekick can make your child a nicer person. That's because there is a strong tie between how children treat animals and how they treat people. According to a 2010 study, children learn important social behaviors like empathy and compassion when interacting with pets. Plus, caring for pets helps teach children to be responsible, nurturing adults later in life.
Pets Boost Immune Systems
Studies have shown children who grow up in homes with pets tend to be healthier than those without pets. One, published in 2012, found children who grow up in homes with dogs or cats tend to need antibiotics less frequently than those without pets. They also had fewer ear infections.
Another study, published in 2004, found children with dogs tended to have fewer allergic skin reactions. Who knew your four-legged friend wasn't just making your child happy, but possibly healthier, too?
Pets Aid in Learning
Can your furry friend help make your little one into a genius? Don't call Mensa yet, but children with pets in their classrooms do tend to learn better. Our pets are so effective in helping kids learn that many reading programs feature pets or therapy dogs as the "teachers" who help children overcome reading challenges.
One such program is offered by the Toledo's PET Bull Project. Their Pawsitive Reading Program allows children to read to dogs in a local library. Animals aren't judgmental, so children feel comfortable reading to them. The activity helps the children improve their reading comprehension and public speaking skills.
Our pets do a lot to improve the lives of our children, so why not return the favor by giving your best friend something he'll love? Milo's Kitchen® Chicken Meatballs contain real chicken and — most importantly — they taste great. For all he could do for your baby, he's earned it!
How does your pet benefit your baby's life? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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