Baby Health and Safety Article

Smoking, Drinking and Drugs

Much of the advice for parents regarding smoking, drinking, and drugs is aimed toward mothers and the birth-defect consequence of engaging in these behaviors.

While you should provide support for your mate in abstaining from these destructive habits, you should also think about your own behavior and its effect on your family.

If you smoke:

  • Your wife and baby are adversely affected by second-hand smoke, while pregnant and after your baby is born.
  • Cigarettes and cigarette butts can kill your baby, if he eats them.
  • Smoking contributes to the risk of SIDS.

If you drink or use drugs:

  • Your child is at higher risk for child abuse.
  • Your ability to safely operate a vehicle is impaired.
  • You may not make sound decisions.
  • If ingested, alcohol or drugs can kill your baby.

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