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Another reason not to smoke ...

Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to need intensive care and intubation (this usually means having a tube down the throat to secure an airway) when they are hospitalized with the flu and are more likely to have longer hospital stays, according to new research presented at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting held recently in Denver.

Researchers analyzed the medical charts for 91 children hospitalized for flu between 2002 and 2009. More than a third of the children were exposed to secondhand smoke. Researchers found that exposed children were more likely to need intensive care (31 percent versus nine percent) and intubation to help with breathing (19 percent versus two percent). After controlling for underlying conditions, including asthma, researchers found that exposed children were almost five times more likely to need intensive care and more than 11 times more likely to need intubation.

The children's length of stay in the hospital was significantly associated with smoke exposure and chronic conditions. For children with no chronic conditions, exposure lengthened their stay from two to three days. For children with chronic conditions, exposure lengthened their stay from four days to more than 10.

Lesson learned? We know smoking is not good for you. And, smoking around your children isn’t good for them either.

May 2011

Source: Medical News Today