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Can babys test positive from second hand smoke?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
yes: There is a measure in the blood, urine and saliva to test for smoke exposure including second hand smoke. Cotinine, the breakdown product of nicotine is used as the "marker" for exposure to tobacco smoke.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Will second hand smoke affect my baby?

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Dr. Lily Hwang
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 18 years experience
Yes: Yes, smoke is a very potent irritant and any form of exposure will affect an infant. The infant will have exposure from smoke on clothing, hair, skin especially if the smoker is the care taker. This will predispose your infant to a variety of health issues including frequent upper respiratory problems, increase risk for asthma and progressive lung problems.
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What can I do to protect my baby from second-hand smoke in our house?

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Dr. Jane Lande
Specializes in Pediatrics
Do not allow it: Do not allow any second hand smoke in the house.
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How can I protect my baby from second-hand smoke if someone at home is a smoker?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Quit or go outside: The best way to avoid smoke is not to have it around at all. Talk to the family member who is smoking and encourage them to quit. However, in the meantime to protect yourself and your baby by asking the person to always smoke outside and change their clothes before coming inside and coming in contact with your baby.

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