8 doctors weighed in:
Is it okay to have cats if you have a child with asthma?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alan Goldsobel
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Asthma and allergy experts have been telling parents for decades that having pets (especially cats) at home is not good for children with asthma.
That advice is still very true for the asthmatic child who is allergic to pets (>50%). Interestingly, more recent information has shown that if a child is born into a household with 2 or more pets, they are less likely to develop allergies and asthma.

In brief: Depends
Asthma and allergy experts have been telling parents for decades that having pets (especially cats) at home is not good for children with asthma.
That advice is still very true for the asthmatic child who is allergic to pets (>50%). Interestingly, more recent information has shown that if a child is born into a household with 2 or more pets, they are less likely to develop allergies and asthma.
Dr. Alan Goldsobel
Dr. Alan Goldsobel
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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
In brief: PROBABLY
Sometimes animal danders could effect ones asthma if you are allergic to cats.
But if not its ok.

In brief: PROBABLY
Sometimes animal danders could effect ones asthma if you are allergic to cats.
But if not its ok.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
In brief: Yes
If the child is not allergic to cats (can be tested) then it is fine to have cats around.

In brief: Yes
If the child is not allergic to cats (can be tested) then it is fine to have cats around.
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
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