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if my child has allergies, should i keep our dog off of his bed?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Yes: Animals are common causes of allergies. The bedroom environment should be an allergy free haven.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes: Generally, pets should not be on the bed with a child. If your child has allergies, keep his bedroom free of stuffed animals, extra pillows and fabrics. Use allergy bedding covers and a hepa filter if possible. Although not all children with allergies are allergic to dogs, it is better to play it safe.

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