Secondhand smoke lengthens hospitalization in infants with respiratory infection

Posted: 6/17/2013

From Healio Pediatrics:

Infants with a family history of allergic disease with lower respiratory tract infections exposed to secondhand smoke have an increased risk of longer hospital stays, according to recent study results published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

"Respiratory infections in infants are common, but if the infant has a family history of respiratory issues such as asthma, they are at higher risk for infection and hospitalizations," Meghan Lemke, MD, of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, said in a press release. "Our research found that infants with a family history of allergic disease who are also exposed to secondhand smoke had a 23% longer hospital stay than those without secondhand smoke exposure." Read more.