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.
Take our website home with Crash Course for Dads-To-Be.
Have something you want to tell us? Let us know.
New Dad Resources
Get Free Dad Tips
Baby on the way or just arrived? Sign up for our free Dad-to-be and New Dad Basics email series and you'll receive monthly emails packed with tips.
Crash Course for Dads-To-Be, full of the advice of over 300,000 new fathers.
Get prepared for the birth of your child with a Boot Camp workshop near you.
Dads Adventure Magazine has key articles on being a dad. Get it now!
Visit our Dads Blog for posts on the issues New Dads find most important.