Smoking and children is a combination that simply should not exist. Unfortunately, children are often victims of second hand smoke and this is something that endangers their health drastically.
When a child is sick, parents take it to the pediatrician. So, if there is a doctor who spends 3, 4 or more year after basic studies specializing in dealing with child’s medical problems, this tells us that body of a child functions in a slightly different way than those of adults. And one of the biggest differences is the strength of the immune system. Depending on the age, children still have to deal with some medical conditions and some of those do not harm adults much, but can be very problematic for a child. This also goes for unhealthy habits, not only child’s but also those of child’s parents.
One of those bad habits that parents practice is smoking. Unfortunately, most of the time they do it at home, in front of a child. Most of those parents are really careful in the beginning, but as the child grows, they loosen up, thinking that smoke will not have the same effect as when that child was just a little baby. And they are right, but still, smoke can cause a lot of medical issues and simply should not be something a child has to suffer from. What should be known about smoking and children? They should simply not be in any kind of connection.
There are also some psychological effects that should be mentioned in this situation. First of all, children of a smoking parent are more likely to start smoking than children who grow in non-smoking environment. A child who grows in smoke will become used to its smell, to yellowish fingers and bad breath, morning coughing and all other symptoms that parents show. There is also increased risk of getting affected by some medical conditions thanks to that smoke. Those conditions include throat issues, pneumonia, all sorts of infections and even sudden infant death syndrome. It sounds serious, especially the last mentioned condition, and the situation actually is very serious and dangerous, for a child at least. So, what should be done?
It is obvious - the parent or parents should quit smoking because of their own health and because of the health of their child. Also, by quitting, the parent will set a great example for their child, a child will learn that everything in life is achievable if a person really wants it and if prepared to show some effort.