Babies who Sleep with Smoker Parents Have High Nicotine Levels

Guadalupe Ortega, lead author of the research, reported that childhood death because of secondhand smoking is preventable in rich countries.

It was revealed that babies who sleep with their parents in one room have high nicotine levels than babies who sleep in another room. This proves that babies feel bad from known secondhand smoking or passive smoke. Said differently the harmful smoke particles penetrate in the skin of their parents, in hair and clothes.

Secondhand smoke

Secondhand smoke

Guadalupe Ortega told that “Brief Intervention in Babies. Effectiveness” research clarifies exposure to cigarette smoke among children in a room, where particular systems do not exist.

The research was published in BioMed Central Public Health. 96 fundamental healthcare centers in Catalonia took part in it. The researches asked the parents of 1,123 babies aged 1-year-old, whose parents or parent is a smoker. The explorers examined hair samples of 252 babies so as to establish their nicotine levels, and then observed babies 3 and 6 months later.

The affirmations of parents considerably correspond to the data got from the hair examination. 73% of the parents told that they have been smoking cigarettes or allowed smoking in their houses, while the data showed that 83% of the hair examined presented high nicotine levels.

The hair nicotine examinations also revealed that smoke toxins are not removed even if adults all the time realize actions in order to keep their children in health conditions. Even if parents ventilate the room after smoking or they smoke at the window, or when the baby is in another room, smoke toxins will affect both parents and their children. There is only one method to safe children from smoke risk – to smoke outdoors.

The research as well demonstrates that parents’ influence differs in accordance with their gender. Babies are exposed to the risk of tobacco smoke when they are with their smoking mothers because mothers usually spend most time with babies. It was as well revealed that smoking mothers breastfeed their children less time than non-smoking mothers.

As the research shows, anti-smoking law helps children.

In accordance with the research, babies are most exposed to the danger of smoke at home and in cars, as well as in bars and restaurants, where there are a majority of smokers.

The explorers clarify that the improving of the anti-smoking law is significant According to Guadalupe Ortega, the smoking control law has helped smokers to stop smoking.

The explorers are going to study and to establish the factors that most heavily influence exposure of babies to smoke, especially the risk of secondhand smoking.

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