How dangerous is second hand smoke for the baby?

Doubles illness. Second hand smoke doubles the frequency of an infants respiratory illnesses. This includes middle ear infections, bronchitis and susceptibility to complications of RSV .This includes the well meaning but ineffective effort to "just go outside" to smoke. If there's a smoker in the house/day care/church nursery/elevator your baby will carry the particles in its nose for weeks at a time.
Quite! Very dangerous, & my colleagues posted good answers. Smoking is dangerous to babies before birth: prematurity and low-birth weight. Afterwards, the smoke soot is electrically charged and attracts allergens which can then get into the lung and more easily cause allergies. Babies get chronic ear infections, far more frequently, and recurrent infections can be associated with hearing loss!

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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...
Two issues. This smoke has the same effect in increasing frequency of respiratory & ear infections (2-3x) as cigarette smoke. There is also some conflicting data suggesting contribution to learning disabilities. Read more...

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...
Yes. It is known to double or triple the respiratory infections in childhood.It also increases the risk of crib death in exposed infants. This has been the most studied air pollutant for decades and the results confirmed on multiple occasions. Read more...

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...

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...

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

Avoidance. Either stop smoking or prevent anyone from smoking in your home.And do not visit any place where people smoke. Read more...
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...
Keep him away. You need to keep him away from people who smoke and inform anyone who comes into your house that smoking is verboten. When in restaurants, try to eat indoors since the outside patio is often filled with smokers. Check out if anyone in households where your child will be staying for more than a couple of hours smoke and perhaps he shouldn't be staying overnight in a smoker's house at all. Read more...

Is second-hand smoke more dangerous than normal smoke?

Not necessary. Second -hand smoke is not as dangerous although there is some feeling that it may get deeper into your lung by being more soluble (in the water vapor present in the air). I am not aware of any study confirming the latter however. Read more...

Is second hand smoke really all that dangerous and unhealthy?

YES!!! Secondhand smoke causes about 3400 deaths from lung cancer & up to 69, 000 deaths from heart disease each year, causes ear & respiratory infections & asthma. It contains hundreds of chemicals that are toxic/carcinogenic. Even a brief exposure can trigger a heart attack. Of course the more one is exposed the greater the hazard. And with secondhand smoke so bad, think how incredibly toxic smoking is. Read more...

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...

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

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. Read more...
Move/Smoker goes out. Smoking anywhere in a home gets to everyone in the home. (shared ventilation.) if you can't move to a smoke-free home, the only other sure way to protect your baby is to convince the smoker to take it outside. They can still smoke, but they can let the baby become a non-smoker. It comes down to their convenience versus the baby's health. Read more...
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...