Exposure to dirt and germs may protect infants from asthma, allergies

06/6/2014 | USA Today · NBC News

Research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed that children who were exposed to animal dander, cockroach droppings and certain bacteria before their first birthday had a reduced risk of developing allergies or wheezing by age 3. The findings support the "hygiene hypothesis," researchers said.

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