28 Nov 2018
Smoking poses a health risk to both smokers and non-smokers, and as such laws in South Africa have evolved to protect non-smokers. However, even passive smoking can increase your baby’s risk of developing allergy-related diseases, respiratory diseases, middle ear infections, colic and sudden infant death syndrome.
Smoking in the presence of your baby, young child, teenager or even a non-smoking adult will make them a passive smoker, which can affect your baby’s health in a number of ways. According to WebMD and eHealth News, the following effects can result from passive smoking:
While it may be difficult to quit smoking altogether, you can draw up a smoking policy in the home to keep baby safe from harmful second-hand smoke. Try enforcing a rule that you and your guests may only smoke outside or under an extractor fan.
Find out more about how to quit smoking here. Do you have any helpful tips for people who would like to quit smoking?