Allergens, such as
dust mites, mold, or
pet dander, in people allergic to them.5
Possible risk factors that need more research
Experts aren't yet sure:
Whether breast-feeding raises a child's asthma risk or protects a child from asthma. A large study following children until 14 years of age found
that breast-feeding was not linked to asthma.8 Mothers are encouraged to breast-feed their children for all
the other proven health benefits that come from breast-feeding.
About the effect that pets in the home have on
getting asthma. A review of several studies found that having a pet cat appeared to protect against asthma, while pet dogs slightly increased the risk of asthma. The effect of other furry pets on the risk of asthma was not clear.9 If your child already
has asthma and allergies to pets, having a pet in the home may make his or her
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