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Does COPD affect small children?
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Not typically.
The biggest risk factors for COPD are years of smoke exposure and a certain enzyme deficiency that is hereditary. Smoke exposure during the childhood years increases the risk of developing COPD over time, but to have the onset of COPD in childhood would be extremely rare.

In brief: No
Not typically.
The biggest risk factors for COPD are years of smoke exposure and a certain enzyme deficiency that is hereditary. Smoke exposure during the childhood years increases the risk of developing COPD over time, but to have the onset of COPD in childhood would be extremely rare.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Second hand smoke increases an individual's risk of developing COPD two fold, and this could of course affect children as well.

In brief: Yes
Second hand smoke increases an individual's risk of developing COPD two fold, and this could of course affect children as well.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
In brief: No
This is not very likely.
COPD is a cumulative disease that typically takes years to develop.

In brief: No
This is not very likely.
COPD is a cumulative disease that typically takes years to develop.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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