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Signs your Child may have a Pet Allergy

Pediatric Allergist Ron Ferdman discusses how parents can deal with the issue of pet allergies and their newborn baby. Pets are practically members of the family, but they can cause coughing, wheezing, or a runny nose if your child happens to be allergic. Some allergies can even turn chronic and result in these symptoms persisting even when leaving the house. If you have a newborn, consider having your child undergo quick and easy pet allergy tests before kicking your pup to the curb.


- Not a week goes by where I don't get a question regarding some sort of family pet. And it's either parents who want to get a pet for a child who already had other allergies or they own a pet and want to know if they can keep the pet. Usually, it's pretty obvious when a child has a pet allergy because the symptoms come on so quickly after exposure to that pet. So they play with the dog or they pet the cat and they immediately start coughing or wheezing, or their nose starts running. The problem is when you live with a cat or a dog every ... Read more

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