Kid’s behavior is emulation of their parents, but why during our whole parenting we take our indiscretion so casually, during parties, friend’s get-together and even though during our stress many parents overlook their smoking habit because of under the spell of addiction, it’s been like kids will adapt their good habits except smoking because technically they can’t adapt it but what about passive smoking and maybe later in their lives they can adapt it as an addiction out of fascination. As we are clearly aware of the consequences of smoking despite its torments smokers put their life at risk and distress the health of people around them but kids are more prone to get health hazards. As per the reports of CDC(Centres for disease control Prevention) Cigarette smoke emits 7000 different kinds of chemicals out of that 70 are carcinogenic and hundreds are toxic in another way which is inhaled by second-hand smokers also. As per the many studies or research older children whose parents smoke get sick more often, it restricts the growth of their lungs which makes them more prone to bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory illness.
Passive smoking kids are more prone to get:
Middle ear disease: In the presence of cigarette smoke for prolonged period kids may develop ear infection frequently, it is a kind of fluid-filled in the middle ear which can be diagnosed with the operations to put in ear tubes for drainage.
Impaired lung function: In general impaired lung function leads to pneumonia because the airways in the lungs don’t develop fully in kids.
Asthma: Itis a common long-term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs smoke can trigger an asthma attack in a child. Children with asthma who are around second-hand smoke have more severe and frequent asthma attacks. A severe asthma attack can put a child’s life in danger.
Lower respiratory illness: It is also known as pneumonia includes shortness of breath, weakness, fever, coughing, and fatigue.
Sudden infant death syndrome: unexplained death of a child of less than one year of age. Infants who die from SIDS have higher concentrations of nicotine in their lungs and higher levels of cotinine
As a smoking parent what precautionary measures you can take to avoid above-mentioned ailments:
1 Avoid smoking during pregnancy.
2 Do not smoke when the baby is around or you are at home.
2 Put the baby down to sleep on its back.
4. Restrict smoking at or near your premises Do not allow anyone to smoke in your car, even with the window down.
5. Keep a check at the places where your kid spends his/her entire day like school, daycares, etc.
6. If your state still allows smoking in public areas, look for restaurants and other places that do not allow smoking. “No-smoking sections” do not protect you and your family from passive smoke.
7. Best will be if you can quit smoking.