What Is The Difference Between A Cold Cough And A Cough Due To Cigarette Smoke?
Good night, I have a baby 1 month. Right now he is coughing and catching a cold. What is the possibility of him coughing and colds due to the effects of roko smoke? Indeed, a month ago we lived at my in-laws’ place, and there were some active shops. And indeed the smoke was not directly inhaled, what I feared was maybe the shop smoke that was sticking to the clothes and the air pollution in the room could be the cause of my child now coughing and colds? Thanks.
Hello Gita, thanks for asking.
In newborns the immune system is still very vulnerable. Especially babies born prematurely and low birth weight. The immune system is still in the development stage so exposure to microorganisms that cause infections, or pollution and allergens, is very easy to cause infections in infants. Your question about cigarette smoke left on clothing and other items and whether it can cause respiratory infections in infants and children, the answer is very likely. The situation is called third-hand smoker. During this time the public has known many of the terms active smokers and passive smokers. Where passive smokers are people who inhale cigarette smoke without smoking. But there is actually one type of danger that is another hand-smoker. Cigarette smoke sticks to the clothes and the molecules can be inhaled by other people who come into contact with these clothes or items. The condition generally affects infants and children, where smokers hold babies and children, so that the smoke molecules are inhaled by infants and children. Although invisible smoke does not stick to clothes, but invisible, harmful molecules from cigarette smoke continue to stick to clothes even after the clothes are washed, that is why one can smell cigarette smoke on someone else's clothes.
The condition of exposure to cigarette smoke in infants may cause the baby's airway to become irritated so that it can easily become infected and have an allergic reaction. The end result is an infection of the baby's respiratory tract in the form of a cold cough and shortness of breath. You should limit contact with smokers, especially when your baby is sick like this. Try the person who will carry the baby clean themselves and change clothes that are free of cigarette smoke and pollution. Limit baby's contact with strangers. Immediately consult your baby to the pediatrician so that no further illness occurs. Babies are very prone to shortness of breath because the baby cannot expel phlegm, so that the airways are blocked by mucus. Babies are also prone to dehydration because when the airways are slimy, babies often have difficulty drinking. Keep your intake of milk while your baby wants. Give a slowly understanding to family members not to smoke when the baby is in the house. Make a gradual explanation to the family, do not be too hasty because generally smoker's response will be in the form of a defensive or defensive response. Tell wisely so that problems don't arise.
Thus our explanation, hopefully mothers can find the best solution. Regards.