Smoking and SIDS
There is a
relationship between smoking and SIDS
(Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome, also called cot or crib death). The risk
of SIDS is strikingly higher for babies who smoke passively.
guidelines are simple and clear:
- Do not smoke
during pregnancy (mothers ànd fathers)
- Never smoke or let anyone smoke near your baby
- Never smoke or let anyone smoke in a room
where your baby stays
Any of these make your baby smoke passively
and increase her SIDS risk significantly.
Smoking during pregnancy and after birth also increases the risk for
a low birth weight
(another risk factor for SIDS).
Baby will also be
more prone to colds and airway infections, have an increased chance to
develop asthma and other diseases.
Also, the risk of cot death when co-sleeping is further increased when
of the parents smoke - even if they do not smoke in bed. So if you do smoke, do not consider
co-sleeping at all
Knowing you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy or around your baby is one
thing. To quit smoking is another ...
As much as you want to take care of your baby's health, to get rid of
that cigarette can still be extremely hard
Depending on your personal
situation, a pregnancy can be a difficult time and smoking may be one
of your ways to try and deal with that.
On the other hand, your baby's
health may be a good motivation
smoking during pregnancy.
A few tips:
- Remind yourself of your baby's health
constantly as a motivation
to quit smoking during pregnancy.
- Ask for your partner's support,
forces to quit smoking together (both mother and father's smoking harms
baby during pregnancy and after birth).
- Find help.
To quit smoking is even harder if you have to do it alone. Ask your
local health service for advice and support, it can really work!
Visitor smoking and SIDS
Don't hesitate to ask
visitors not to smoke near your baby
. This may be a bit
uncomfortable in some situations but it's worth the discomfort.
Anyone who respects and cares
about baby's life will naturally agree.
Some families put up fun slogans to remind their visitors, e.g. at the
My vote would be to simply ask. If that doesn't work out, a subtle no-smoking sign
can work wonders too.
Avoid visiting smoky places with your baby, where you have no control
over whether one smokes or not.
Together with the other
guidelines to reduce the risk of cot death
, the no-smoking
policy can save many baby lives