Today we are sharing an article from Medical News Today on how having a pet in the home, specifically a dog, can help reduce a child’s stress. “We tend to associate stress with adult responsibilities, such as work deadlines or raising a family. However, children can feel stressed too, and long-term stress can have negative effects on their health just as it does on that of adults. New research investigates the effect of having a pet on how children experience stress (Medicalnewstoday.com).”
A study done by researchers from the University of Florida concluded that children who interacted more with their dogs at home, had lower levels of stress and anxiety. “Children who actively solicited their dogs to come and be pet or stroked had lower cortisol levels compared to children who engaged their dogs less. When dogs hovered around or approached children on their own, however, children’s cortisol tended to be higher (Medicalnewstoday.com).“
We love our pets and love knowing that they can help not only adults but children too! If you want to continue reading more about the study done by the University of Florida click on the original article link here.
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