Childhood Diseases

Posted by: DadToBe | 2012/11/02


Dogs and New Born Baby

We are an expecting couple and our baby is due in April 2013.
We have 6 large dogs that sleep inside in a room.
My question is: Is it unhealthy to bring a new born baby home to where 6 large dogs will sleep not more that 20m away.
What hazards/potential illness does this pose and should we let the dogs sleep outside?

Expert's Reply



You certainly have more dogs than usual. They should not cause any direct harm to your baby unless you are an allergic family and your baby becomes allergic to them. It would be best if they stayed outside and well away from your new baby's room.

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Posted by: DadToBe | 2012/11/02

@ Dog Lover: I understand your point, but my concern is that its not one or two dogs, its 6. And the two rooms are very close to one another. I''m scared of bacterial diseases or serious illnesses transmitted to the baby.

@ Expert: Thanks for the advice, appreciate it.

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Posted by: Dog Lover | 2012/11/02

We had two dogs with when our first child was born and three when our second child was born. We didnt change a thing, except that inevitably they got way less attention. Now that the kids are older, things are back to normal again.

Please dont make them sleep outside. They are not as unintelligent as most people think and will resent your baby. When you bring your baby home, put the car seat down and make them smell your baby. Licking is obviously not a good idea. :-) Best of luck.

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