Sunday, November 20, 2016

Smoking Dad, Kids Suffer Pneumonia Risk

Smoking is not only harmful to the health of the smokers themselves, but also the people around him. For example, if a father often smoke in the home, children at risk of infection in the lungs, which is pneumonia.

The specialist respiration son of Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Bandung, Prof. dr. Cissy Kartasasmita, SpA (K) revealed, often encountered cases of child pneumonia and found the father often smoke in the house.

"Although smoking outside the house, but after it went into the house, his right still smell of cigarettes. Then, the baby picked up. Substance remnants of cigarettes in the clothes could be damaging," said Cissy in discussions Day Pneumonia World on Thursday (11/17/2016).

Cissy explained, exposure to toxic substances from cigarettes are inhaled unintentionally child would destroy the balance of durability in breathing. At first, harmful substances from cigarettes is damaging the cilia or fine hair which serves to filter foreign objects get into the body. If exposed to smoke, the cilia function can be impaired.

"Cilia was like a broom. When damaged, was baseball work, so foreign objects enter, making sputum accumulates, the child was coughing," said Cissy.

Bacteria that cause pneumonia will eventually also easily infect children. Children, especially under the age of five do not have a good immune system as adults.

In addition to its exposure to cigarette smoke, children are also more at risk of pneumonia if not exclusively breastfed, low birth weight, malnutrition, exposure to air pollution, up to no immunization.

Pneumonia until now the highest cause of death in infants. Based on data from UNICEF, there are 5.9 million children under the age of five who died in 2015.

Of these, 15 percent or 920 136 children die of pneumonia. In other words, there are more than 2,500 infants per day died of pneumonia.

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