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When pregnant is second hand smoke harmful to unborn baby?

When pregnant is second hand smoke harmful to unborn baby?

Hard to say: I have not seen any clinical trials that prove there is an effect, but i imagine a direct effect would be difficult to prove because there are so many other variables that affect pregnancy outcomes. It would also be impossible to measure how much smoke baby was exposed to. But i think you can assume it is not helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Second Hand Smoke (Definition)

Second hand tobacco smoke can be irritating to the lining of the ear's normal draining tube (the Eustachian tube). Some estimate that exposure to second hand smoke is responsible for as many as 2 million extra ear infections each year in the US. Reducing exposure ...Read more


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Thc second hand smoke harm babies?

Thc second hand smoke harm babies?

Yes: Second hand smoke can harm anyone's health, and children and infants are particularly sensitive to the effects of second hand smoke (development of asthma, prone to respiratory viruses, etc.). ...Read more

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Please help docs! is second hand smoke harmful to my child if only for one day?

Please help docs! is second hand smoke harmful to my child if only for one day?

Yes but: The ideal answer is yes since any tobacco smoke is unhealthy for you. If you must smoke one cigarette a day. When smoke in the presence of your child at all? The baby can be harmed even before it was born if the mother smokes. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if second hand smoke harmful to my child if I do it only for one day?

Can someone tell me if second hand smoke harmful to my child if I do it only for one day?

It lingers: Studies have shown the breakdown products of smoke in a babies urine 2 weeks after its only exposure. The particulate matter breathed into the nostrils will attach to the nasal membrane and remain until shed/washed out. Exposure doubles risk of upper respiratory illness. ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke harmful?

Is second hand smoke harmful?

Yes : This has been shown in many studies and thus it is important to avoid exposure to second hand smoke. ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke harmful to people with cataracts?

Is second hand smoke harmful to people with cataracts?

No research: We have research that clearly shows that patients who smoke have more rapid progression of their cataracts. We do not know if second-hand smoke can have that same affect. Certainly the harm in terms of lung disease, cancer and heart disease is clearly proven though. ...Read more

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Will second hand smoke affect my baby?

Will second hand smoke affect my baby?

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. ...Read more

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Can babys test positive from second hand smoke?

Can babys test positive from second hand smoke?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do to protect my baby from second-hand smoke in our house?

What can I do to protect my baby from second-hand smoke in our house?

Do not smoke: Smoke exposure in children causes a 2-fold increase in respiratory infections (ear infections, sinus infections, colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia). So, the best measure is for no family members to smoke. Short of that, you should never smoke in the home or car and wear a jacket when smoking that you take off when entering the house. Talk with you doctor about proven ways to help stop smoking. ...Read more

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How can I protect my baby from second-hand smoke if someone at home is a smoker?

How can I protect my baby from second-hand smoke if someone at home is a smoker?

Get them to quit: Of course, the best answer is to help them quit. In the meantime, have them smoke outside, and change clothes before holding the baby. Never allow smoking in the car. You might want to use a room or whole house hepa type filter as well. Still, this will not completely avoid the problems of second hand smoke exposure. ...Read more

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How can I keep my child away from second hand smoke?

How can I keep my child away from second hand smoke?

Clean clothing: Third hand smoke exposure is also possible. Particles on clothing from smoking can be inhaled by your child as well. Quitting is best for your health and that of your child. ...Read more

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How harmful is one hour of exposure to second hand smoke?

How harmful is one hour of exposure to second hand smoke?

Difficult to measure: Exposure to second hand smoke can trigger heart attack in susceptible individuals. How harmful, is difficult to state, as most people do not suffer long term consequences from a single short exposure. ...Read more

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I had excessive exposure to secound hand smoke as a child. As a young adult i developed asthma. Is this because of the second hand smoke?

I had excessive exposure to secound hand smoke as a child. As a young adult i developed asthma. Is this because of the second hand smoke?

Possibly.. : There are many reasons for asthma to develop, including an inherent pre-disposition. But, in the right circumstances, second/hand smoke can certainly be one risk factor for asthma to develop. Other factors include respiratory infections, environmental allergies, occupational exposures etc. ...Read more

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Could second hand smoke cause a child to have his tonsils removed?

Could second hand smoke cause a child to have his tonsils removed?

Contributing factor: A kids exposure to second hand smoke will lead to 2-3x the ear, sinus and tonsil infections in infants and toddlers. It can be considered a contributing factor in the process. ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke very harmful, and if so how does it compare to car exhaust?

Is second hand smoke very harmful, and if so how does it compare to car exhaust?

Second hand smoke: Yes. The U.S. Environmental protection agency, the U.S. National toxicology program, the U.S. Surgeon general, and the international agency for research on cancer have all classified secondhand smoke as a known human carcinogen (a cancer-causing agent).People who live in a big city for 10 or more years have a slightly higher risk of lung cancer. This is most likely to pollutants like car exhaust. ...Read more

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Is it possible for baby to get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

Is it possible for baby to get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

Not your baby,: Who will have increase in asthma, pneumonia and respiratory illness, buth the child that grow up to be an adult might. By this i mean that the exposure may initiate the damage that takes many, many years to manifest. Do not expose your child or any one else to tobacco smoke. ...Read more

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If someone is smoking marijuana in the same house as a 3 month old baby and and the baby inhales the second hand smoke how can it affect the baby?

If someone is smoking marijuana in the same house as a 3 month old baby and and the baby inhales the second hand smoke how can it affect the baby?

Yes: and you need to keep the baby safe by prohibiting such use in the house. Senjay Gupta, MD has been narrating a program on the pros and cons with marijuana in CNN the past few days. Hope you can catch the re-runs. ...Read more

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Can your 5 month old baby get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

Can your 5 month old baby get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

No : Lung cancer is extremely rare in children. However, smoke exposure increase the risk of asthma, ear infections, pneumonia, slower growth, and markedly increases the risk of hospitalization from all causes. Infants and children should not be exposed to second hand tobacco smoke. ...Read more

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Will a smokers clothing carry second hand smoke and is it harmful to a toddler?

Will a smokers clothing carry second hand smoke and is it harmful to a toddler?

Yes: This is called third-hand smoke exposure. The small particles, nicotine and chemicals that are given off in cigarette smoke can be transferred onto clothing. This has been found to be a problem especially for children. Please read this from mayo clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/third-hand-smoke/an01985. ...Read more