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Is Second Hand Smoke Harmful To Babies
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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