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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke During Pregnancy May Cause Behavior Problems

By December 27, 2012

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Research by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing now shows that exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy increases the risk that the unborn child will eventually develop behavioral problems. Previous research has shown that first-hand smoking by pregnant moms can lead to conditions such as ADHD which can include behavioral issues, but this is the first study to show that second-hand smoke also increases this risk.

Exposure to second-hand smoke can also increase the risk of birth defects such as cleft-lip and palate as well as the development of asthma and other breathing problems. Exposure during infancy and childhood can increase the risk of developing ear infections and other ENT related disorders such as unexplained coughs and throat pain. For more information read: What Ear, Nose and Throat Problems can be Caused by Smoking?

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