For many years, scientists thought that cat exposure increased a child’s asthma risk. Recent studies, however, have suggested that exposure to high levels of cat allergen during infancy can actually protect children against developing asthma.
Can cats cause respiratory problems in babies?
Never allow cats into any room where a baby or child is sleeping. A cat may settle to sleep near a baby’s face. This is very dangerous. It could interfere with your baby’s breathing.
Is cat dander bad for babies?
Rover and Fluffy are unlikely to raise kids’ risk of developing pet allergies, and could lower them, according to a new 18-year-long study. The results showed that, for most of the childhood years, being exposed to a dog or cat had little effect on later allergies.
Can my baby get sick from my cat?
You and your children are unlikely to catch a harmful parasite or disease from your cat. Ensure that your cat is regularly wormed (talk to your vet about this) and that you and your children wash your hands after handling your pets, particularly before eating.
Do cats get jealous of babies?
Sadly, cat shelters often take in cats cast out when the owner is expecting a first baby or because the cat scratched the baby and is therefore “jealous and vicious“.
How early can a baby be allergic to cats?
When do pet allergies show up in babies and children? Pet allergies can develop at nearly any age, but they typically don’t cause symptoms prior to 2 years of life.
What are the chances of my baby being allergic to cats?
Some of the Study Findings
Cat allergies: 15.5 percent of the children without a dog or cat in the home were allergic to cats, compared to 11.6 percent with one cat or dog and 7.7 percent with two or more pets in their home.