‘Secondhand smoke +early childhood illness”

Homes where children under 12 are exposed to secondhand smoke show an 50% increase in many neurobehavioral and learning and breathing disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, and conduct disorders.
If you must smoke do not do it around your children.

Many childhood diseases are linked to second-hand smoke exposure and smoking in the home, so a smoke-free home has major protective advantages against childhood diseases.

  • Respiratory problems
  • an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome,
  • acute respiratory infections,
  • more frequent and more severe asthma attacks.

In 2007, about 5.5 million of US children lived in households where someone smoked inside the home.

The National Survey of Children’s Health analyzed 55,358 children younger than 12 years of age. The study was done conducted between April 2007 and July 2008. It found 6% of the children across the US (4.8 million ) younger than 12 years were exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.
Of these children, 8.2% had learning disabilities, 5.9% had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and 3.6% had behavioral and conduct disorders.
The Risks

Boys had a significantly higher risk, and older children aged 9 to 11 years and those living in households with the highest poverty levels were at greater risk.

Excerpts courtesy of Pediatrics

Excerpts courtesy of Medscape.com

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