Should there be a animal (dog or cat) in the house while the child is born?

United States
July 13, 2009 1:15pm CST
I have heard that it is harmful for the child if there is a animal with fur running around. For one it could bite and secondly they can cause them some type of health issue down along the road. What do you think?
7 responses
• United States
13 Jul 09
I dont think there is a problem. Of course the interactions between the pet and the child should be closely monitored at first, just to make sure the pet isnt having jealousy issues. The kids should also be monitored as they grow so they dont cause harm to the pets. I dont think the fur would be a problem - as long as you maintain some cleanliness in the house!
• United States
13 Jul 09
However, studies do show that a a child can contract asahma or some type of lung infection of if there are pets around. I have also heard from my relatives that you cannot have a living with you because the interaction between pet and child can cause your child to get sick due to their immune system . I just don't think that if you maintain some cleanliness will actually help the situation.
• United States
14 Jul 09
You can also do everything 'right' and they can still contract asthma!
@yelpfish (13)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Unless there are allergy issues or the animal is untrained and supervised, I can't see any reason why having a furry pet around would be a problem. Basically, as long as you supervise the interactions between the pet and the child, things will go smashingly. My children grew up with a very cranky dog and I just made sure to keep the child from bothering the dog, and she learned to respect the dog. I had no issues with them being together.
• United States
13 Jul 09
Whether the dog is trained or untrained a animal can do its worse when supervised. You would be surprised at how many accidents come from pets harming children. there is an issue because a little child does not always know what they are doing. And yes the child should not bother the dog but at times the dog will strike on its own.
• India
21 Jul 09
yes it is harmful bc once ur kid is born u will b busy taking care of him & will not pay attention on ur pet , which could make them jealous & then they can harm ur child
@marguicha (102291)
• Chile
19 Jul 09
Where I live, children are not born at home so that is not a problem. But then, it all depends on the dog too. I have a puppy German Shepherd. Lola is forbidden to get into my house: she makes enough damage in the garden. We both have accepted that the garden is hers and the house is mine. I had another German Shepherd before Lola, but she came to my home when she was a middle aged lady. I could live the doors open and she wouldn´t come in. She wouldn´t touch any paper that was thrown over the fence. Lola turns everything into shreds. I wouldn´t leave her near a baby: she is dangerous even when playing.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
15 Jul 09
I have had home births. My two dogs were shut upstairs and my baby boy was born downstairs in the night time. They were shut in my garden when my baby girl was born in the day time. The barking was a problem. My dog, Secret, has the nick name Sir Bark A Lot. A birthing area should be clean.
@rapolu_cs (1184)
• India
15 Jul 09
I support with your views on pets and kids as i believe in the same as you feel and iam quite sure of it as i expierenced it with my friend who had a cat in her house,then her little one was just months old and one day she forgot to give milk for the cat and what that cat did you know,it just drank the milk from the kids bottle and by luck my friend saw this at the end by the time it finishes the milk inthe bottle and if at all she does not watched it and think what would happened to bottle and the baby ?
• United States
13 Jul 09
I think a calm, nice animal that never hurts anyone isn't about to start with a baby. The only way they could is if it was pure accident- some big dogs don't know how big they are. But if the pet is well trained, they aren't going to bite a baby for no reason. Common sense should be used- you might not want to put the two too close together until they are used to eachother, as they can definitely spook eachother. Other than that, there is no physical danger. As for health issues, people that grow up around pets usually have less allergies to them. Now if the baby has asthma or severe allergies to begin with, then you might have a serious problem. I can't imagine what other type of health issues you were thinking of.