The study was conducted on nearly 400 infants born between 2002 and 2005. Researchers observed each child for a year. Infants who had constant contact with the dog or cat were sick less than other children. For example, the likelihood of a middle ear infection, which is a very common childhood disease, has dropped from around 76% to 44%. Children who had no contact with animals were sick 10% more often, and those who stayed at home with their four-legged animals less often had to be treated with antibiotics.
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