Mar 9, 2019
Mothers who smoke, vape, or use oral and patch nicotine products may be exposing their unborn children to the risk of attention deficit and hyperactivity issues,ADHD, later in life. A study from Finland just published in the journal Pediatrics studied over 1,000 children and matched controls born 10 years ago.
The researchers studied serum samples from mothers collected during the first and second trimesters and measured the levels of cotinine, a biomarker for nicotine. Then the mothers were divided into 3 groups according to serum nicotine levels during pregnancy.
Those mothers with the highest nicotine levels were more than 3 times more likely to have children suffering from ADHD. Prior to this definitive study, there was no solid proof that the association was with nicotine.
If you love your children-to-be, don’t consume nicotine in any form by smoking tobacco, vaping, chewing nicotine gum, or placing patches during pregnancy. Don’t expose your developing child to nicotine period! Then, after you deliver, if you love your life, health, and family, don’t smoke or vape.
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Andre Sourander, Minna Sucksdorff, Roshan Chudal, Heljä-Marja Surcel, Susanna Hinkka-Yli-Salomäki, David Gyllenberg, Keely Cheslack-Postava, Alan S. Brown. Prenatal Cotinine Levels and ADHD Among Offspring. Pediatrics, 2019; e20183144 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018-3144