Most of the
time a sceptical attitude towards the domestic animal can be developed
besides the joy experienced during pregnancies. Can domestic animals
still be recommended as in other situations? BabyundEltern asked
the well known WDR-Producer Dr. Claudia Ludwig
is the producer of the program called "Animals are looking
for a home" on the Western German Radio. In her house there
are at the moment two dogs and three cats living with her husband
and two kids. There is no end to the recognised child/pet strategies:
Claudia Ludwig is expecting her third baby on Christmas day. Can
she understand the anxiety of many women who are considering giving
their pets away?
Ludwig, is it not recommended to give pets away during pregnancy?
In my opinion, there are two situations where it could be better
to give away pets: If one of the family members is allergic to
pets and if the pet is really dangerous, that is if a dog really
bites. Except these two situations a pet generally is something
that enriches a family. Other than this, everybody who gets a
pet has responsibility towards this pet as he has responsibility
towards the other members of the family. Health risk for a pregnant
woman is not greater with a healthy pet than contact with other
people. That is if there are not awful situations present, the
pet can stay during and after the pregnancy.
it create a danger if the pet claims it’s "rights that
are gained long ago" and is jealous about the baby?
normally such a thing can happen in families, too. Older brothers
or sisters are most of the time jealous about the new-born baby.
In this case nobody thinks of throwing the olderones out of home.
A big mistake people are making is that they neglect their pets
while waiting for a baby or after the baby has arrived. However,
if they take into consideration several behaviour rules and if
they show enough interest in their pets as they used to, the pet
will accept the baby willingly.
the dog sniff the baby’s dipers the dog can be made to greet
the baby. Never scare away a pet or try to keep it away from the
baby constantly. The pet most probably will react to the new member
with goodwill if it feels that it belongs to the group. This can
lighten the parents’ burden: When I was fixing a diper to
my douther there always was her favorite cat beside her. This
was very practicle because this way she used to be calmer, because
there was something beside her to look at and cuddle afterwards.
far should one go in this vicinity to animals?
contact to the face of the child allowable?
of house animals, I am personally also not sensitive if my children
become in the playing dirty. But the people are yes with regard
to its presentations of hygiene very differently tolerant and
just as also the opinions go hereon apart. I always relatively
generously handled that, and the child simply shortly washed if
it got once over the face geleckt. Importantly I do not find it
if it came once to an especially narrow contact on the far side
of the tolerance boundary: hysterical become and frighten quickly
clean through it perhaps dog or cat and child, but rather simply
the child. It is to be prevented hardly that the animal divide
itself the child once in the face herumschnuppert or that both
an ice, if one a minute way show. I must say to be sure in addition
that both daughters any eruption or an illness got never have,
that were to be led back to the animal contact. The bacteria of
the animals are yes for the childlike immune system "old
acquaintance" that belong to the household. A problem stands
actually sooner in strange environments where the baby is confronted
with unknown Bazillen. So as would type I also mothers always
recommend to allay as long as possible because the children then
generally more insensibly are.