Your pets and children..

Love them. - Love animals.Don't hate them.
@manvik (940)
Hungary
April 21, 2007 9:40am CST
Do you give a clean environment to your children? I allow my child to play with my pets.Do you allow?My neighbours always have deabte with me on this topic.they don't like that i allow my child to play with my pets.Recently I have read on internet that doctors in detroit have showed that the kids who were regularly exposed to the pets during their first of life are less likely to be allergic to dust,grass,mold and even cats and dogs.It is a good news to me and I can argue with my neighbours.:)
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@Wanderlaugh (1624)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
Actually, you could argue that pets are good for teaching kids basic hygiene. Yes, there is a lot of clinical support (not just in Detroit, this is a big issue in pediatrics, and allergy management) for the idea that children's immune systems are better developed by exposure than in a virtually sterile environment, where they don't get the chance to deal with pathogens and allergenic agents. Pets are also a sort of social skill base for kids. They're frequently used as an example of teaching kids about responsibilities in handling their own pets. Also builds some familiarity with domestic animals, and how to handle them. I don't quite get the idea of not playing with pets. What a waste! They're not ornaments. You don't put the dog in a hutch, or take the cat down and dust it occasionally. Why miss all that fun, for the sake of living in a glass case?
• Australia
21 Apr 07
One further thought, just occurred to me: It's quite possible that you could psych out the pets, too, if the kids won't play with them. They'd be just as likely to think there was something wrong. Imagine a situation where the parents are cool, but the kids, of all people, won't have anything to do with you. Not reassuring. Dogs, in particular, are pack members, and as part of a human family, that's their social guidance system. In a pack, ostracism is something that happens to very low level pack members who are barely tolerated. Sounds like a good way of sending the wrong message to the dog, doesn't it?
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
22 Apr 07
Thanks for the reply.I do agree with you.But still people give importance to clean environment for their children and teach the children not to touch this that etc... and this gives a fear in the childrens mind.Later they lose confidence.One thing I have noticed that if the pet feels that you are afraid of him he will treat you unfriendly. thanks again for the response.:)
@bhawnam (1436)
• India
22 Apr 07
as a child i always had a dog, we played with him and loved him a lot but my mom always took care of us taking proper care of cleanliness... he was not allowed on the same beds as we slept.. he had his own bed, whenever we touched and patted him or played with him we had to wash our hands with dettol, he was given a bath with a medicated shampoo every sunday.... i dont have kids yet but when i'll have i will allow them to play with my pet but like my mom, i'll always take care of their hygine first.. and yes you are right children who grow with a pet have less probability of having allergies and moreover living with a pet gives them a sense of responsibility towards animals.. the children when allowed to take pets for walk or when given the duty to feed the pet, develop responsibility taking and fulfilling abilities.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
22 Apr 07
thanks for the reply.I always clean my pets and there is no chance that my daughter will get bugs from them.yes your mother is right we have look after our cleanliness also.thanks for the reply.:)
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
22 Apr 07
Why wouldn't you let your kids play with the pets? I grew up on a farm and even the bulls were pets. We had pet roosters and chickens and pigs. At one point we even had a peacock. I think kids should be around animals it is good for them and teaches responsibility.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
22 Apr 07
Hi,thanks for the reply.I allow my child to play with my pets.She hugs them,kisses them.I do agree with you that we should allow kids to be around animals which allows them to take responsibilities.:)thanks again for the reply.
• India
22 Apr 07
yet i have no child coz i am single, when i will ace this problem than i will tell u.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
22 Apr 07
Thanks for the reply.Before you marry ask your would be wife that she likes pets or not.I hope you will reply me after you will have a family.:)
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
Oh gee, theres no point in having animals if you cannot touch them. I have animals and kids and they are great to gether, the kids know to wash their hands after playing etc...and the house gets vacuumed everyday when the animals are inside. Dirt is good it builds up the childrens immune system, thats a well known fact and has been for many many years.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
22 Apr 07
thanks for the reply.If you clean your pets,house there is no problem of picking up any bugs.Exposing to dirt is good to develop their immune system.Thanks again for the reply.:)
@emma412 (1156)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I have a new baby and this is a topic I have been thinking about a lot lately. I also have a 2 year old 55 pound dog. Right now I don't allow her on the couch or anything when the baby is there. She can sniff her things and around her but I don't allow her near her face. When my daughter gets old enough I will definitely let them play together. I of course will watch them at all times but I think it's important for the two of them to bond. I couldn't imagine my life without animals and I want my daughter to feel the same way. I see those kids that are terrified of animals because they've never been exposed or have had a negative experience and it breaks my heart. I'm happy to hear the latest research about kids being less ill when exposed, solidifies my decision even more!
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
22 Apr 07
Thanks for the reply.The kids who are terrified of animals because their parents never allowed them to be with animals or they teach them that animals are dangerous.My daughter is now 12 months old and she can walk.She made a good bond with my pets.Before this i also did not allow my pets to be near her face but now she can walk and touch and play.I think you should also allow your child to play with your dog when he/she will start walking.Thanks again for the reply.:)
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
22 Apr 07
oh I forgot to add that fear of dogs is passed down. I have a freind who is terrified of big dogs (she shows fear around them and they chase her go figure) and she is passing that fear onto her kids and grandkids. it is sad. as far as being hygenic I think as long as you clean up after your pets then all should be ok. Now if you don't clean up after your pets well then that is just plain nasty lol.
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