If timing’s right, cats and roaches may be good for kids’ allergies

By Laura Sanders, 11:49 AM June 12, 2014

As I can attest, parents of newborns can get a little hyper about germs. Looking back, I’m slightly embarrassed by the amount of hand sanitizer that lived in our house when we first brought Baby V home. (But only slightly embarrassed. Newborns really don’t need your well-wishing neighbor’s phlegmy rattle.)

Sometimes, though, germs and other unsavory allergens can actually keep your baby healthier.

Urban babies exposed to cockroaches, mice and cats before their first birthday were less likely at...

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