|QUITTING SMOKING EASES CHILD'S TEMPERAMENT|
Science Daily March 14, 2008
Giving up smoking during pregnancy may increase the chances of giving birth to an easygoing child, indicates research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The findings are based on over 18,000 United Kingdom babies born between 2000 and 2002, who were taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study. Their mothers were classified as either non-smokers during pregnancy, quitters, light smokers, or those who smoked 10 or more cigarettes a day (heavy smokers).
The infants' temperaments were assessed when they were 9 months old, using a scale designed to pick up positive mood, receptivity to new things, and regular sleep and eating patterns in infants.
The results showed that mothers to be who licked their habit had the most easygoing infants, compared with smokers. Their children had the lowest chances of unpredictable behavior and of becoming distressed when faced with new situations or things.
At the other end of the scale, heavy smokers had the most difficult children. Their children were much more likely to achieve the lowest scores for positive mood.
Pregnant smokers not only pass on harmful chemicals, which could affect the development of their unborn offspring, but also traits and behaviors associated with their continuing to smoke during pregnancy.
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