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Dogs Can Help AND Hurt Your Baby

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Living with a dog can protect babies from developing asthma and allergies later in life. But man's best friend isn't always baby's best friend.
Air Date: 3/19/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Kathleen Berchelmann, MD
Berchelmann-012Kathleen Berchelmann, M.D., is a pediatrician at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, and an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Kathleen is the co-founder and director of ChildrensMD, a blog written by five dynamic mom-pediatricians who share their true confessions of trying to apply science and medicine to motherhood. Kathleen and her husband are raising five children.

Dr. Berchelmann is a frequent contributor to health and parenting TV news segments including Fox New's "Happening Now," with Jenna Lee and Jon Scott, and St. Louis stations KTVI (Fox) and KSDK (NBC).

Her written work has been featured in print and online publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, and TIME magazine. She has a weekly online question and answer forum on STLToday.com.
Dogs Can Help AND Hurt Your Baby
Having a dog when you are a baby can actually protect you from developing asthma and allergies later in life. New research  is helping us understand why.

But man's best friend isn't always baby's best friend.

Your baby's risk of injury from a dog is actually higher than his risk of injury from walkers, cribs, and many recalled products.

Are the benefits of having a dog worth the risks to your child?
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