Sunday, October 19, 2008

quit while you're ahead

Research Briefs from The Parent Review Secondhand smoke may increase childhood infections

Need another reason to quit smoking? A Hong Kong study of 7,400 children from birth to age 8 found that exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) during infancy was associated with a higher risk of hospitalization for respiratory infections and other infectious illness in childhood. Household exposure to SHS had the greatest impact during the first six months of life, nearly doubling the risk of infections requiring hospitalization. For high-risk children such as preterm infants, the risk of severe infection persisted through age 8. The study suggests that SHS could have long-lasting negative effects on children, especially those already at high risk.

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