Safe Sleep: Smoke-Free Living

Safe Sleep: Smoke-Free Living

It is no secret that smoking harms our bodies, both internally and externally. Even the slightest exposure to secondhand smoke can be detrimental to you and your family’s health. The CDC reports that around “88 million children and adults who do not smoke are exposed to other people’s smoke.” Imagine what happens to a baby, whose lungs and brains are still developing.

Exposure at a young age causes health problems, impairs lung function, and increases the risk of long-term illness. Avoid secondhand smoke to reduce your child’s risk of developing childhood asthma, bronchitis, and respiratory tract infections. When a child is exposed to cigarette smoke, he or she is more likely to get ear infections.

Keep your child safe from these lingering chemicals. The CDC provides tips that help protect your family from the harms of secondhand smoke:

  • Pledge a smoke-free home: Live free from the harmful chemicals of second-hand smoke by eliminating the habit in or around the home.
  • Pledge a smoke-free vehicle: Rolling down the windows does not reduce secondhand smoke exposure. Keep the little ones safe by preventing family and friends from smoking in the car.
  • Pledge a smoke-free learning-environment: Find a caretaker that agrees with your parenting style. Keep your child safe from breathing in hazardous chemicals AND eliminate any outside negative influences.

Your baby should always sleep in a safe, smoke-free environment. The Delaware Thrives Safe Sleep Campaign provides tips to a happy and healthier life for you, your child, and your family.