Did You Know…
Many of us know that second-hand smoke is a big problem that needs to be addressed. While it hurts everyone, children are actually the ones who suffer the most from the effects of second-hand smoke. In this article, we’re going to explore just a few of the negative effects that second-hand smoke can have on children.
Respiratory problems, including asthma and allergies. Many children who are around second-hand smoke, either in the womb or while they are developing, can end up with problems with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory system issues. These make it difficult to breathe and to do other activities that they may want to enjoy as they get older.
Ear infections. Ear infections happen because the immune system is usually worse, and because the ears, nose, and throat are all connected. If a child is breathing in second-hand smoke, it will likely go up into their ears, causing these painful ear infections.
Oral problems. Your mouth is incredibly important for your function. If your oral health is poor, then the rest of your body usually has poor health as well. The second-hand smoke can cause a child’s developing teeth to start to rot and get cavities, which could result in a lifetime of problems, both internally and externally.
Chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is a huge problem in children who have been exposed to second-hand smoke. In short, their bronchial tubes are always swollen, which makes it a lot easier for them to get colds and flus.
Poor lung development. If the child that is being smoked around is younger and their body is still developing, they are more likely to get to a point where the child isn’t going to develop as they should. In those cases, their lungs may not be very strong, and they will be more prone to getting ill for the rest of their lives.
Heart disease. Heart disease happens to smokers, and it also happens to those who are around smoke. Usually, it clogs up arteries and slows down blood flow, which makes you more at risk for various heart problems.
Problems in the womb. Babies in the womb are definitely affected by second-hand smoke. If this occurs, it can result in miscarriages, mental health issues, decrease in the ability to learn as they grow older, premature birth, low birth weights, and other various problems. In short, it will make the life of the baby very difficult if they are exposed to second-hand smoke before they were even board.
So, as you can see, this is a big problem that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. By quitting smoking (or at the very least, not smoking when around children), you could be preventing lots of issues, not only for yourself, but for those who are around you as well. Take that into consideration in the future.