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Cot deaths linked to smoking

29th January 2010

Findings reported in the journal Hypertension suggest that babies exposed to smoke while in the womb may have a higher risk of cot death because they suffer circulation problems.

The study shows that newborn babies who had been exposed to smoke had abnormal heart rates and spikes in their blood pressure, which made their hearts work harder even when sleeping. The Royal College of Midwives said the findings support what is already known - that smoking during pregnancy can harm the developing foetus.

 

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