A clean, smoke free environment is essential for children’s health. Since secondhand smoke can increase the risk of SIDS, respiratory infections, asthma, tooth decay and ear infections in children, nannies should ensure that the children are in a smoke-free environment while in her care.
In addition to health problems in childhood, secondhand smoke can also cause health problems in later years. Secondhand smoke is related to an increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer later in life, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Nannies can teach older children about the additional effects of smoking and the effects a mother’s smoking has on the health of her unborn baby. When a pregnant women smokes her baby is at risk for adverse conditions including learning problems and premature birth.