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The benefits for children of growing up with animals and pets.

A few days ago we celebrated World Environment Day. Within all that encompasses the environment are obviously the animals.

In #TheNowFamily we have our pet, we have grown with pets and that is why we bet on the benefits that animals produce in the life of the little ones, the children. According to Dr. Eugene M. Rothe, a child psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine / International University of Florida  (Miami), “Many animals, especially mammals, recognize the difference between an adult human and a boy. And, like humans, they have to take care of their little ones because they could not survive the early age without parental protection. Dogs, for example, feel emotions similar to humans, such as shame and sadness, and become depressed when they separate from their masters. That is why there is a great affinity with animals that feel similar to us. ”

They foster a sense of responsibility and empathy.

Pets have been consolidated as one of the most solid bases to encourage in children feelings of responsibility. For Dr. Rothe, mentioned above, pets represent one of the first emotional bonds in a child’s life. “By learning to have compassion and respect for your pet, the child is cultivating basic values that will help him to respect them and to live in society, “he says.

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On the other hand, as pets usually have a shorter life than we humans, in many cases, the death of pets represent for children the first experience of emotional loss and mourning. According to the specialist, it is very important that parents know how to pay attention and understand well the bond that exists between your child and his pet, and never devalue the impact and emotional shock that this passage may represent for his life. In addition, the loss of the animal will be a test that will prepare you to know how to deal with other inevitable losses.

 

They improve the immune system.

Many parents think that it is not good hygiene for babies and children to be in direct contact with pet animals.

However, an article published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, in September 2015, contradicts that belief. The study, developed by scientists at the University of Turku (Finland), found that children living with animals were more than twice as likely to carry an animal bacterium in their intestines, especially B. thermophilum and B. pseudolongum. Which might explain why early exposure to pets would protect them from some allergies. According to co-author of the study, Merja Nermes, incorporating the pet microbes into the infant intestinal flora would strengthen their immune system.

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Recently a study that was done with children growing up in traditional US Amish communities, confirmed that exposure to bacteria from children protects against asthma. The Amish live on dairy farms, with barns and animals, where they use horses for transportation and field work.

In addition there are methods and therapies with animals that help detect diseases such as diabetes.

 

Animals as therapy

The use of animals in different experimental therapies has been increasing over the years, they are not only dogs and cats, but also birds, such as cockatoos; Dolphins, horses and even reptiles like the dragon.

Horses, for example, because of their sensitivity have become very popular, especially in therapies for children with disabilities. Entities such as Hipoterapia Sevilla employ horses in therapies for children with cerebral palsy, hearing loss, blindness, Down syndrome, developmental delays and autism. As stated by Anja Hochsprung, physiotherapist of Hippotherapy Sevilla, “when there are people with neurological problems who have lost their ability to wander, to activate their muscles, and that the damage is actually in the central nervous system; Then that imprint is achieved through the movement of the horse that is multidimensional, that is, it resembles the movement of the horse to the way we walk. So, in some neurological patients who have lost it or children with cerebral palsy who have never experienced what it is like to walk, on top of the horse they experience that.”

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Numerous studies have also shown that the sounds emitted by dolphins go beyond oral communication, penetrate our system to the deepest neural connections, generating a change in them, thus helping to create new meaningful change At physical level for example in children with cerebral palsy, who come to notice some neuromuscular relaxation that facilitates and improves the execution of the movement.

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Helping to develop self-esteem

They not only help to improve and activate a self-esteem, but also psychological well-being, and a positive character. They feel very loved by their pet and the fact of fulfilling the responsibility of feeding them, cleaning them and taking care of them, we are creating within them a sense of usefulness and motivation very positive. Children feel valuable.

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Also in shy children, it stimulates the relationship with others or even their ability to express themselves. There are children who studying tells the lesson to the dog or the cat as if they were their students. They do not feel judged by their pets and that reinforces their security to face the rest of the world.

The child who walks a dog benefits from social relationships in the street by attracting the attention of others and the security that gives his pet makes them open and more social. Psychomotor development is also benefited through play, exercise, persecution, laughter, etc. The physical contact with the animal, will allow you to open to the tactile experiences, providing you with the necessary dose of movement that is becoming more necessary in the sedentary society that we have.

 

Choose the best pet depending on the child

Not all pets can be pets and not all pets are suitable for all children. The main thing to keep in mind, how is the child. It is essential to know and choose which pet is most suitable for them. And, in addition, some aspects must be analyzed before acquiring them: how much free time does it count? How much are you willing to clean? Do you have enough space inside and outside your home? Do you often travel? And how much are you willing to spend for your care, food and maintenance?

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When we talk about “acquiring” we do not mean the purchase of animals. It is true that there are very nice breeds of dogs. But it is also true that adoption systems represent a great way to give a good life to abandoned or ill-treated animals and do not contribute to the breeding and abandonment of animals (especially dogs).

We encourage you to have animals at home and, if you already have them … Why not send us a photo of your pet?

Tag us on Facebook in a photo with your pet and we will see who has the coolest pet;)

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