Medical Daily: Smoking During Pregnancy Increases Asthma Risk in Children

By Amber Moore | Aug 17, 2012

A mother’s smoking habits has now been linked to an increased risk of asthma in preschool children, according to a new study. Also, smoking during the early stages of pregnancy is especially dangerous.

Researchers say that women who are planning to have a baby should give up smoking before getting pregnant as smoking during early pregnancy increases the chances of the baby developing asthma in later years.

Medical Daily had earlier reported that smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of the child developing autism.

Babies born to mothers who smoke are at an increased risk of having a cleft palate and ear infections. They are also more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).