Asthma Hospitalization in Children Risk Increases With Second Hand Smoke

By on January 20, 2014

Researchers of a new study have found out that the children of smoke, who are the victims of second hand smoke increases their risk of getting readmitted several times in hospital due to asthma attack in same year.

The research was conducted by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Children’s Hospital.

We all know that smoking is not only injurious to the health of the smokers, but also to their children, who exposed to second hand smoke whether it is home or car. [Effects of Second Hand Smoking on Children]

Cotinine

Asthma - Second Hand SmokingWhat is this Cotinine? It is actually the substance that is formed after breaking down of nicotine by our body. Researchers have used this Cotinine levels to measure the level of exposure to the tobacco.

Researchers measured the cotinine levels by collecting blood samples and saliva samples of more than 600 children with an age group of 1 to 16 years, who got admitted in Cincinnati Children and were for followed for at least 12 months to see for any further re-hospitalization.

Robert Kahn, MD, MPH, associate director of general and community pediatrics at Cincinnati Children said that with this ability to measure the Cotinine levels in a child, who is hospitalized raises the possibility of predicting the future readmission into the hospital, .

He also said that this gives a chance to use the data for clinical practices, and also increases the effort to quit smoking by parents of such children.

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