There has also been some interesting news about asthma in the recent months, particularly about exposure to dogs and farm animals early in life. Fox News Health published an article, Kids Who Have Puppies or Ponies May Have Lower Asthma Risk. The study, which was done in Sweden found that, “Dog exposure during infancy was associated with a 13 percent lower risk of asthma in school-age children, while farm animal exposure was linked to a 52 percent risk reduction.” Our son suffers from asthma on top of his food allergies. I found this particular article interesting because although we do not have a pony (my daughter and I dream of the day we do!) we have always had 2 dogs in the house. So, for us this study sounds great, but does not ring true. Maybe we should have adopted a pony and a few goats?
As allergy parents we are desperate for a cure, for answers, for anything that will keep our child safe. Wouldn't it be nice if one day those living with allergies could just play with their pony, swallow a worm or listen to the beat of a drum? For now we will have to dream of the sweet neighing of ponies and parasites squirming to the soft beat of a buk, while clutching our epinephrine.