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Smoking during pregnancy can cause behavioral problems

Smoking during pregnancy can cause behavioral problems

Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy tend to exhibit more behavioral problems as opposed to children of non-smoking mothers, and these behavioral problems begin to occur between 18 and 24 months.

Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy tend to exhibit more behavioral problems as opposed to children of non-smoking mothers, and these behavioral problems begin to occur between 18 and 24 months.
A team of American and English researchers claim that this is the first study that links smoking during pregnancy with later behavioral problems manifested by these children, manifestations of violence, deviation from educational activities, refusal, etc.
Researchers assume that smoking in pregnant women affects the cranial systems of the fetus, systems that play a role in regulating behavior. The study of 93 young children between the ages of 1 and 2 years, of which 47% were born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy, showed that these children had very large behavioral problems.


The study also showed that in the case of babies who had not been exposed to cigarette smoke while they were in their mother's womb, behavioral problems remained relatively stable over time, whereas in the case of those exposed these problems worsened. period 18 - 24 months.
Although the results of the study are surprising, they do not prove that prenatal exposure to cigarette smoke leads to behavioral problems later, said Lauren Wakshlag of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Health Day News
July 19, 2006