Asthma can be a serious and frightening condition. However
very few young people die from asthma and asthma can be controlled
if managed correctly.
The risk of developing asthma is markedly increased if a
mother smokes during pregnancy or if a newborn is exposed
to tobacco smoke. For those children with a family history
of asthma or allergies, exposure to tobacco smoke can further
increase the likelihood of developing asthma.
Young children have delicate lungs that are more easily affected
by the chemicals in tobacco smoke. If exposed to passive smoking,
children are more likely to develop sensitive airways, and
are more susceptible to health problems. Click
here for more information on the health effects of passive
For more information on asthma and newborns, visit the Asthma
Foundation of WA’s website at www.asthmawa.org.au.