When children breathe secondhand smoke, they have a greater risk of developing respiratory problems and other health concerns. Secondhand smoke increases children’s risk for developing asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections. For children who already have asthma, second-hand smoke increases the number of attacks and the severity of them.
Children’s lungs are still developing. As a result, they are severely affected by exposure to secondhand smoke for many reasons. They are still developing physically and they have higher breathing rates than adults have. In addition, children have very little control over their home and other indoor environments. Children exposed to high doses of secondhand smoke, especially from parents who smoke in the home, run the greatest risk of damaging health effects.
As a parent, you can better guard your children’s health by keeping a smoke-free home and limiting their exposure to secondhand smoke. It would be beneficial for smoking parents to try to quit the habit. Parents who smoke not only put their children’s health at risk, but they also set a bad example for their children.For related information about the effects of second-hand smoke on babies see the article, “10 Reasons to Avoid Smokers with Your Baby”.
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