Children who are exposed to cigarette smoke have a higher chance of developing lung infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, as well as other lung problems.
If a baby already has a lung problem such as asthma, cigarette smoking will only make it worse.
Babies who are in the same room as anyone smoking may have a higher chance of suffering sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the unexplained death of an infant who seemed healthy.
If you plan to breastfeed, it is best not to smoke at all. This will be good for your own health as well as your child’s health.
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