In this article you will find:
- Cigarette smoke and pregnancy
- What causes the infection?
- Brain damage
- Say goodbye to cigarettes!
A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine indicate that, the children of smokers are more likely to have ear infections and hearing problems.
Cigarette smoke and pregnancy
When mothers smoke, the children have double the risk of needing surgery for ear infections repeated or similar disorders.
What causes the infection?
Exposure to second-hand smoke causes the Eustachian tube to become inflamed and clogged, since the water filters out the cavity of the tympanum, which would create an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and cause an infection.
Ear infections caused by the cigarette smoke also interfere with the equalization of pressure in the middle ear, creating pain, effusion, and infection. This type of conditions are the most frequent cause of hearing loss in children.
The effects of the smoke, can also cause damage to the brain. The children of mothers who smoke during or after pregnancy are more exposed than other children to suffer from behavior problems such as hyperactivity. It has also been shown a slight decrease in performance in school and intellectual achievements.
Say goodbye to cigarettes!
- Stop smoking, if you can't do it alone. Consultation with a specialist.
- There are many pharmaceutical products available that can help
quit smoking (before you consume any medication consult with a doctor).
- If you live with smokers, help them quit the habit.
- It is important that you ask the smokers live in the home or who are at work not to smoke in presence of their children.
- Make sure that you do not smoke in the school or nursery of your baby.
- It is essential that children from very small, to know about bad habits and the damage that cigarettes cause. This is a way of encouraging them to not smoke.