what are the consequences of second hand smoke for children
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Infants and children who are exposed to second-hand smoke are more prone to
breathing problems because babies and children have smaller airways than
grownups. They have less mature immune systems than grownups. They are more
likely to swallow or breathe in the residual toxins that are left on
surfaces/toys/bedsheets/clothing/furniture because they spend a lot of time on
or near the floor. Passive smoke can impair the baby's breathing and heart rate,
putting the baby at a higher risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy. Passive
smoke also causes swelling and irritation in their airways. They are more likely
to develop asthma, bronchitis, ear infection due to passive smoke exposure.
Cigarette smoke allergy
Children are exposed to secondhand smoke unknowingly and this can cause problems in later stages of their lives.