Grow, Baby, Grow

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Maybe you quit smoking during your pregnancy. Or maybe you struggled and weren’t able to stay quit. Now that your baby is here, trying to stay away from smoking is still important. That’s because the chemicals in smoke can make it harder for your baby to grow like he or she should.

Babies and children who have smokefree moms and smokefree homes typically have:

  • Fewer coughs and chest colds

  • Lower chance of getting bronchitis or pneumonia (both serious lung infections)

  • Fewer ear infections, and are less likely to need surgery to get ear tubes for drainage

  • Fewer and milder asthma episodes (among children who have asthma)

  • Fewer breathing problems (e.g., coughing, wheezing, or feeling breathless) and their lungs will grow well

  • Better chances of normal brain development in the early childhood years, an important time

  • Lower chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), often called “crib death”

As children get older, those who have smokefree moms and smokefree homes:

  • Miss fewer days of school because of asthma attacks and respiratory (breathing) illnesses
  • Are less likely to be smokers as adults

If you quit smoking, you’ll set a healthy example and help clear the air for your baby as he or she grows. See Forever Free Baby and Me for practical tips to help you quit smoking.

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