Passive smoking during pregnancy : a hazard to the lungs of the baby

Health 7 December, 2017


Published the 07.12.2017 at 19: 00


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Cigarette smoke and baby : attention danger ! If one knows the risks to the baby of smoking during pregnancy, a study comes to give a coating on the dangers of passive smoking to the infant. She has been published in the scientific journal Pediatric Pulmonology. High levels of nicotine in the hair of babies have been identified. They were related to the mother’s exposure to tobacco, and, above all, they expose themselves to increased risks of respiratory problems and asthma.

Increased risks at the age of 15 months

The research was conducted at the University of Otago Christchurch in New Zealand. The researchers studied the cases of 376 infants. They are populated with parents to assess the exposure of these babies to cigarette smoking during pregnancy. But they have also collected information on the exposure of binding of 3 and 15 months of the baby.

The presence of nicotine in the hair of children increases, as one would expect, based on the number of smokers present in the household and the number of cigarettes smoked each day. The risk of developing asthma or a respiratory problem increased to 15 months of age. For older children, the association between this risk and the presence of nicotine in the hair is no longer significant.

Has all ages, it is necessary to be cautious in the face of the exposure of children to cigarette smoking. It is important to know that 85% of smoke is invisible and odourless, it sneaks in to the pieces, without them necessarily account for. Gold, secondhand smoke also cause irritation of the eyes, nose or throat, and is in addition to his side, a trigger, an aggravating factor for asthma.