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Danger of exposure of young child to passive smoking

Danger of exposure of young child to passive smoking


Passive smoking is a real danger, especially for young children. Children of early age are affected by passive smoking or "secondhand smoke" much more strongly than adults.
This happens most often because:

  • their lungs and the whole body in general, is still developing;
  • little ones do not have the power or the ability to control the confined spaces in which they live;
  • they do not know that smoke does them harm.
    Pregnant women are aware that smoking during pregnancy seriously damages the baby, but few know what the effects of passive smoking are on their children.
    Most women relapse from smoking after giving birth, without being aware of the consequences. Read below some of the possible complications resulting from exposing your child to cigarette smoke, so that you can get a general idea about the gravity of your actions:
    Exposure to cigarette smoke of young children:
  • dramatically increases the risk that your baby will have asthma or if he already has, aggravate the symptoms;
  • may cause respiratory tract infections;
  • may be the cause of ear infections;
  • may cause allergies;
  • can lead to pneumonia.
    In addition to physical problems, children exposed to "second hand" smoke may also have behavioral problems. From cognitive problems, to attention deficit disorder and low intelligence, your child may develop more deficiencies related to exposure to cigarette smoke.
    Another alarm signal can be considered as the higher risk that your baby will start smoking in his adolescence because he was exposed to smoking as a child.
    Quitting smoking can be very difficult because nicotine creates the same type of addiction as heroin and cocaine. Keep in mind that people who want to quit try more than once to succeed. You can find a lot of tips on the Internet on how and what to do to quit smoking.
    If you do not succeed, try not to smoke around your child, especially in confined spaces (at home, in the car). The particles of smoke can remain in the house even after you have ventilated the room very well. Protect your baby from smoke even by taking these suggestions into account.
    Alexandra Ilie
    Editor