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    Second-hand smoke exposure linked to behavioral problems in kids
    Sara DuMond, MD, FAAP posted:
    A new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics reveals that children who are exposed to second-hand smoke from an early age on, are 50% more likely to suffer from ADHD, learning disabilities, and other neurobehavioral problems as they get older. I'm sure that for most of you here, it's no news flash that second-hand smoke exposure is bad for all of the obvious reasons, but now we have one more reason to insist that those friends, family members, and acquaintances who smoke, DO NOT smoke around our children! To take it one step further (because I've had this question posed to me before): Smoking outside and/or having smokers change their clothes before holding and caring for children does not protect them from second-hand smoke exposure. The fine tobacco particles remain on the skin, hair, breath, and other articles of clothing well after the cigarette has been extinguished. Just one more study confirming what we've already known: Smoking adults are bad for children's health!
    Dr. DuMond
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    Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Thank you so much for sharing this new study and reminding us all of the harmful effects that everyone suffers do to smoking, Dr. DuMond!

    Here is the new WebMD Secondhand Smoking Article for everyone to check out as well.

    Do any of you have smokers in your household? If so, how will you change this for the health of your precious baby?
    momsince2006 responded:
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am currently having my daughter looked at for ADD. She is 5. Her father is a smoker and even when i was pregnant he would smoke in the vehichle with me. And after she was born, he would smoke around her. So this has really helped me out alot. Thank you!
    Me(27)Hubby(30) Proud Mommy of 2 beautiful little girls DD1-4yrs DD2 born 7/19/2010
    MNMommy3 responded:
    I would totally agree with this article! I was 18 when I got pregnant with my son, who will be 13 next month. I was young and stupid and smoked throughout my entire pregnancy. His father and I also continued to smoke in the house. He was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6 years old and has been on meds for it ever since. Approaching the teen years, and for the last couple years, his behavior has also been a problem. He also suffered at least 1 ear infection every month up until his second birthday, when we decided to put tubes in. Like I said, I was young and dumb back then. I'm 32 now and have learned a lot! Keep smoke away from your kids!!
    Kelly (32), DF (31), DS (13), DS (6), DD (6 months)
    mom2laurenmckenna responded:
    Neither my husband or I smoke. We have one friend, who we see once every couple of months who is a huge smoker. She may lo 5 mins. Do I need to change my policy in this instance or is the exposure so low that I do not worry?
    MSettle78 replied to mom2laurenmckenna's response:
    We are a smoke free family My husband and I never have smoked and my parents and whole family doesnt smoke. Although my husbands father is a BIG smoker. He wants to come visit from out of state this September and was planning to stay with us. I said no I felt so bitchy and wrong because its my husbands father but the man just SMELLS LIKE SMOKE BIG time ..... Even tho he would smoke outside everything about him smells like smoke.... Thanks for posting this so I can show my husband so I dont look like a witch anymore lol
    alaska_mommy replied to MSettle78's response:
    Good for you for standing up for your kids.
    My mom pretty much had to distance herself from her own mother while we were kids, b/c her mom smoked so much...she sacrificed for us, and we are forever grateful

    DH and I never smoked, never will...babies are too precious and I have seen what smoking will do to kids. Our family doens't smoke either.

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