Your smoking does affect your child’s lungs and his risk
for asthma. Don’t fool yourself into believing otherwise.
Consider these facts:
- Maternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with
increased wheezing during infancy, cautions the AAAAI.
- Children are more susceptible to the effects of secondhand smoke
because their lungs are still developing.
- Children who breathe
secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from bronchitis and pneumonia, ear
infections, coughing and wheezing and more frequent and severe asthma attacks.
It is essential that children with any
history of asthma (no matter how well controlled) should not be exposed to
secondhand smoke – not in their own home or anywhere else.
How to keep your home smoke free
(Tips from the AAAAI)
- Choose not to smoke in your home. Do not permit
others to smoke in your home.
- Choose not to smoke if any children are
present, especially children younger than six years. They are especially
vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke.
- Do not allow
babysitters or others who work in your home to smoke in the house or near young
- If you must smoke, choose to smoke outside. Moving to
another room or opening a window is not enough to protect your
Moms' Smoking May Lead to Baby's Asthma
Smoking outside doesn’t shield kids
National Asthma Education Programme (NAEP)
Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA)