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Is second hand spoke dangerous to children?

Is second hand spoke dangerous to children?

Yes: Second hand smoking may have dangerous effects on children. It ranges from asthma, allergies, pneumonia to sids and risk chronic illnesses. ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke dangerous to children outside?

Is second hand smoke dangerous to children outside?

Yes: Second hand smoke (regardless of location) has been proven to be a risk factor for lung cancer and other lung diseases. When parents smoke, their exposed children are also at risk for asthma and respiratory infections, including otitis media (ear infections). While smoking outdoors may decrease exposure, no amount of exposure should be considered safe. ...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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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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Since second hand smoke is dangerous to non smokers , but is second hand smoke dangerous to smokers themselves?

Since second hand smoke is dangerous to non smokers , but is second hand smoke dangerous to smokers themselves?

Yes: Cigarette smoke carries lots of carcinogens and is toxic to smokers and non smokers alike, regardless of who "owns" it. Don't smoke and stay away from places where people do. ...Read more

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Settle an argument for us. My friend says "RSV is WAY worse than pneumonia in a toddler". I say "Severe cases of RSV&pneumonia are equally dangerous."?

Settle an argument for us. My friend says "RSV is WAY worse than pneumonia in a toddler". I say "Severe cases of RSV&pneumonia are equally dangerous."?

Both serious: Both RSV and bacterial pneumonia can be serious in young children. RSV is caused by a virus and is self-limited, but may take weeks to resolve. Bacterial pneumonia is usually treated with an antibiotic. Either can require hospitalization if the patient doesn't seem to be getting enough oxygen. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it common for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

Should i be concerned if my child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it common for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

Cornelia de Lange: Children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome of often developmentally delayed. The frequent placement of objects and hands in the mouth is common in developmentally delayed children, but does put them at higher risk for self poisoning, illness and choking. ...Read more

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Can teens that weren't directly around second hand and don't smoke personally get COPD? Also is it likely?

Can teens that weren't directly around second hand and don't smoke personally get COPD? Also is it likely?

Very unlikely: although the main cause for COPD is tobacco smoke, exposure to other noxious fumes in heavily polluted areas or industries can cause the disease, unlikely in your case ...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

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Gramps used to smoke around us kids. He breathed a lot of second hand smoke and didn't know how to deal with it. Are we at risk now?

Gramps used to smoke around us kids. He breathed a lot of second hand smoke and didn't know how to deal with it. Are we at risk now?

It depends.: Lung cancer has a peak incidence between 55 and 65 years. Cases under 40 are rare. The international agency for research on cancer, the U.S. Surgeon general, and many other agencies have classified secondhand smoke as a carcinogen, and many U.S. Studies showed an increased relative risk nonsmokers. It also causes worse asthma and death from heart disease, and more lung infections in children. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it common for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

What do you suggest if my child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it common for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

Foranswers/reference: Putting hands in the mouth is a common feature of children everywhere. Not necessarily related to any specific genetic disorder. Attached there is a link to a site that offers general information and also provides other links to support sites for parents etc. Good luck! http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/cornelia-de-lange-syndrome ...Read more

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Is it true that 3 squirts of hand sanitizer can kill a child?

Is it true that 3 squirts of hand sanitizer can kill a child?

Ingested toxin: The hs in my office are gell forms of ethyl alcohol with a variety of additives that make them un palatable. If injested , this product could lower blood sugar in an infant but would not likely do much else. If the particular sanitizer were a form of wood alcohol (methanol) ingestion of small amounts could be deadly. Surface application of these products is benign but does dry the skin over time. ...Read more

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Would very occasional and accidental exposer to second hand smoke cause serious health problems in children?

Would very occasional and accidental exposer to second hand smoke cause serious health problems in children?

No: That would be like sitting near a fireplace in the winter, or sitting downwind from the barbecue at a summer picnic... kids will usually be fine, but keep an eye on them to prevent them from touching hot surfaces. ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke dangerous for someone who is recovering from a pulmonary embolism?

Yes: Second hand smoke is dangerous for everyone, not just those recovering from pulmonary embolism. However, there can be diminished lung capacity after an embolism and impaired o2 transport so why take the chance? ...Read more

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Are those afflicted with ADHD classified as a 'vulnerable adult'? This is in regard to the 22 year-old grandson of a close family friend who has adhd.Two years ago, two adult men in their late 40's had asked him to move in with them. They immediately bega

Are those afflicted with ADHD classified as a 'vulnerable adult'? This is in regard to the 22 year-old grandson of a close family friend who has adhd.Two years ago, two adult men in their late 40's had asked him to move in with them. They immediately bega

Unfamiliar term: Not sure of the context of "vulnerable adult" as a specific label. Certainly, adhd that lasts into adulthood is associaated with a wide range of increased risk for bad outcomes, and certain individuals with adhd retain a social immaturity that might make it easier for others to prey upon them. However, that is far from universal and more related to immaturity than adhd per se. ...Read more

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A bookshelf was delivered for my 7 yo Aspergers son. It smells strongly of varnish. Is it safe for him to sleep upstairs with the fumes downstairs?

A bookshelf was delivered for my 7 yo Aspergers son.  It smells strongly of varnish.  Is it safe for him to sleep upstairs with the fumes downstairs?

Varnish: if the smell of varnish is rather strong, you probably need to open the window to take the smell away. Chemical irritation could cause allergic reactions like sneezing, runny nose, etc ...Read more