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Are you overlooking key steps in protecting your child?

Are you overlooking key steps in protecting your child?

As school resumes we are reminded to watch for school buses traveling our roads, make sure our kids are properly immunized, and give them a good breakfast before they leave for school every morning; but one of the most important things any of us can do for their well-being sometimes gets overlooked.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40 percent of children aged 3 to 11 in the U.S. are exposed to secondhand smoke, despite the fact secondhand smoke exposure among the general population has decreased. Children may be exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, vehicles, or outdoor spaces such as parks.

Kids who are exposed to secondhand smoke tend to suffer more ear and respiratory infections and asthma attacks. Parents and caregivers can take steps to protect children in the following ways:

  • Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products around your kids, and don’t leave tobacco where they can get to it. Don’t allow others to smoke in your home or car. If you vape, remember to keep those devices and e-liquids out of reach, too.
  • When you smoke outside, get as far away from open doors and windows as possible. Wear a jacket that you can leave outside or remove when you come back in. The smoke that gets into the fibers of clothing and upholstery can be harmful, too.
  • If you don’t smoke but others in your building do, talk to your landlord about making your apartment building smoke-free. More and more properties are adopting smoke-free policies for the benefit of all their residents.

Protecting your family from second-hand smoke exposure is one of the most important things you can do for their health. Want to learn more? Visit this page from our partners at March of Dimes:

http://www.marchofdimes.org/baby/secondhand-smoke-and-your-baby.aspx

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