New Study Links Prenatal Pet Exposure, Birth Type, and Race to Childhood Allergies

Three key factors play a significant role in the development of early childhood allergy risk, reports Medical News Today in Prenatal Pet Exposure, Delivery Mode, Race Are Key Factors In Early Allergy Risk.

Henry Ford Hospital researchers ‘found that babies who have indoor prenatal pet exposure have a pattern of lower levels of the antibody Immunoglobulin E, or IgE, between birth and age 2. IgE is linked to the development of allergies and asthma.’ In addition, delivery through the birth canal and European, Middle Eastern, or Asian descent accounted for lower IgE levels than cesarian birth or African American descent.

The results of the study are published online at The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Key findings of the study, which is believed to be the first of its kind, are as follows:

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