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According to a new study, babies who are exposed to pet hair, household germs, and dirt are less likely to develop allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems as they get older.

According to a new study, babies who are exposed to pet hair, household germs, and dirt are less likely to develop allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems as they get older.

 

Researchers found that babies who were raised in houses with mouse hair, cat hair, and cockroach droppings in the first year of their lives have lower rates of wheezing by three years old.

 

On the other hand, babies who are not exposed to these allergens end up having higher rates of wheezing.

 

That’s right. Cockroach poop might actually be good for your baby. Amazing, but gross.

(Time)