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Importance of Domestic Animals in Child Development

The contribution of pets to human development is huge. How can a teddy bear be his best friend after his mother? This teddy bear shares his secrets, endures his anger, relieves his restlessness. Just like these toys, pets are also effective in the child's life.

Acıbadem Bursa Hospital Pediatric Specialist Bülent Öztürk, The child can rehearse socializing with people with a pet, share his happiness or unhappiness, and eliminate his anger by shouting at him. ”

Pets have great importance in child life. Almost every child is sympathetic to the pets that he sees around since his childhood. We've all come across children who want to love them. But to feed them at home is a completely different situation and responsibility!

Acıbadem Bursa Hospital Pediatric Specialist Bülent Öztürk, At the point of the impact of home feeding on children, he says:

Arak By looking at him, he can enjoy the pleasure of giving something to someone, helping him, realizing his sense of commitment by embracing it. The child learns his own cat by teaching his dog to his bird, learning something of his own, trying to overcome his fears on it, and learning to love, give and protect, which forms the basis of the human relationship. This has a much greater meaning, especially in children with disabilities. ”

Watch out for the risk of illness!

In spite of all these positive developments, most mothers and fathers in our society believe that; they think it will be a problem for children's health and keep their children away from animals. Are these concerns correct?

Dr. Öztürk said, “From an angle, their concerns are not unwarranted.:
“Some diseases can be transmitted from animals to humans. This transmission can be transmitted by direct contact, abrasions, bites, respiratory tract (breathing in the presence of animals), contact with the urine or feces of animals, ingestion of food and beverages contaminated by the animals themselves or by urine and feces. Animals carry some germs and parasites, but we are more likely to receive them from contaminated water and food than animals. ”

At this point, if the expectant mother or the baby and the pet live in the same house, it is necessary to know the protection of possible infections and to apply to the veterinarian and to have routine health checks and vaccinations of the animals.

Measures against risks

If dogs are vaccinated and checked regularly for children and pregnant women, the most important health problem they may cause is physical trauma. As a result of such trauma, a physician must be consulted.

Dr. Ozturk warns about dog and cat care:

Other health problems caused by dogs are the result of biting and nailing wound infection, tetanus, and rabies Parasite struggle should be made when puppies are 6 weeks old, mixed vaccine should be applied at 8 weeks and the same vaccine should be repeated at 11 weeks. rabies vaccine should be administered in a week and these vaccines should be administered at intervals of one year.

Internal and external parasites should be sprayed at intervals of 3-4 months. Dogs may be bathed at intervals of 1-2 months, but it should be borne in mind that washing more often may cause harm to the health of the animal. Regular hairs are maintained with a suitable brush and comb. Dog breeders in their home should start training the animal as early as possible.

Cats, like dogs, can cause injury and wound infection by nailing and biting. Parasite struggle should be done when kittens are 6 weeks old, leukemia vaccine and mixed vaccine should be administered at 8th week, mixed vaccine should be repeated at 11th week and 12th week. rabies vaccine It should be applied. These vaccines are then administered at intervals of one year. Internal and external parasites are sprayed at intervals of 3-4 months. Cats do not need to take a bath very often because they lick their hair. Regular care of hairs should be done with brush and comb.

Risk of Toxoplasma in Pregnancy

The most important disease in cats during pregnancy is "Toxoplasmosis" is known as. If toxoplasma infection occurs for the first time during pregnancy and just before pregnancy, the infection passes to the baby without any symptoms in the mother. While many babies with no symptoms in their mothers have no findings at the beginning, serious symptoms such as mental retardation and blindness may develop in the following years. How is this disease transmitted?

Esi When cats eat parasitic rodents, birds, and other small animals, the parasite is transmitted to the cat, then parasitic cysts begin to appear in the feces of the cat. Hands and food that come into contact with materials contaminated with cat droppings may be contaminated if raw meat is eaten if not properly washed. The place where any animal is sheltered should not be cleaned by pregnant women.

Does the risk of allergies increase?

Whether pets are allergic to children is a very controversial issue. According to a study conducted in Sweden, the child's early contact with children in contact with pets does not increase the risk of allergies said.

Even children who are intimate with animals at an early age are found to have a lower rate of allergic sinusitis and asthma. However, it is shown that animal bran (skin rash and feather) is one of the most common allergens in the UK.

Dr. Türk Most fur animals can cause allergies, Öz says Öztürk. allergens it is found in the flaked skin of animals, feathers and sometimes in saliva. They can spread all over the house, not only through animals, but also with clothes, slippers and shoes.

Seven out of ten households in the UK have one pet, and allergens in pets can be the cause of 40% of childhood asthma. Allergy to pets is not only found in animal owners. Allergens are so strong and long-acting that they can easily spread around and even those who do not feed animals can come in contact with enough allergens to make them allergic in their daily lives.

Parents with allergy-risk babies should not have pets at home.

Microscopic protein particles of hair, dribble and eye fluids of domestic animals combine with dust to reach the respiratory tract. Therefore, babies should not come into contact with animals, and pillows and duvets should not be made of feather. Tüy

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