5 Dangers of Secondhand Smoke on Children

Girl SmokingSecondhand smoke is the combination of smoke produced by burning tobacco products with the smoke exhaled by smokers. At least 250 of the 7,000 chemicals identified in this passive smoke are harmful. The most widely known effect of smoking is cancer. However, exposure to the smoke can then cause serious health problems in infants and children. Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke can have some of the following health effects on kids:

1. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Among pregnant women, smoking increases the risk of the “sudden, unexplained, unexpected death” of infants in their first year of life. The Department of Health and Human Services also warns that babies exposed to passive smoke after birth are at higher risk for SIDS.

2. Respiratory Infections

Several studies indicate that older kids whose parents and caregivers smoke fall sick more often. The lungs of these children grow less than the lungs of kids who don’t inhale secondhand smoke. The children are more likely to need pulmonology services in Salem frequently. They are more prone to pneumonia and bronchitis.

3. More Severe and Regular Asthma Attacks

Passive smoke can trigger asthma attacks in children. Kids with asthma who are exposed to involuntary smoke also have more dangerous and frequent attacks. That is compared with children who don’t breathe the toxic smoke.

4. Ear Infections

Children exposed to secondhand smoke get more ear infections than kids whose parents or caregivers don’t smoke around them. The children who breathe the toxic smoke also develop fluid in their ears more often.

5. Chronic Cough

Wheezing and coughing are more prevalent in kids who inhale environmental tobacco smoke than those who don’t.

Kids breathe at a faster rate than grownups. And since their bodies are still growing, they’re more at risk of the dangers of secondhand smoke. Protect your baby from the involuntary smoke. Don’t smoke when pregnant. Don’t take your child to places where people are likely to smoke and keep your car and home smoke-free.

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