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My daughter is about 5 weeks old, and a close friend wants to visit with her (and possibly even babysit her at some point). The concern I have is that this friend smokes quite a bit. I am confident that she would not smoke around the baby, or even in the apartment if I asked her not to. However, I seem to remember reading or hearing that even the cigarette residues that remain on a smoker's clothing can be harmful to a baby. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to handle this, short of not letting her near the baby?<br><br>
My MIL suggested having a smock of some type, maybe an old shirt, for my friend to put on before she holds the baby. Would that make any difference in what the baby is exposed to? Am I just being paranoid?<br><br>
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I have read about smoke residues being harmful. so I like your Mil's suggestion of wearing a smock for smoking or a jacket. It will make a little bit of a difference.<br><br>
It's a tough situation really as my sil smokes and my baby smelled like smoke after she held her. (she did smoke outside and wash her hands) but it just disgusts me to smell it on my baby. It happened only once and I didn't make a big deal about it. I'm dreading thanksgiving though. I may just wear her in a wrap so no one asks to hold her.
 

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The smoking jacket (or flannel shirt or whatever) works quite well for us. My DH smokes (outside and never around the baby) and always wears something over his clothes, then removes it when he comes back inside, and brushes his teeth (or chews a piece of gum) and washes his hands and face. But he won't touch the baby until he's done all that.<br><br>
He never smells like smoke and all that effort makes me breathe easier. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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The NICU nurses told me that letting someone who has smoked (and has smoke in their clothing) hold my baby IS like letting the person smoke around him. I think it is a good idea to find a solution like PPs mentioned.
 

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I'm sooooo glad that you posted this thread!!!!!!!<br><br>
I have the same problem about my inlaws. I think it's a great idea for them to wash hands or wear a smock or something, but how in the heck do you tell them that w/out sounding like a complete b****? My inlaws are pretty touchy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm sooooo glad that you posted this thread!!!!!!!<br><br>
I have the same problem about my inlaws. I think it's a great idea for them to wash hands or wear a smock or something, but how in the heck do you tell them that w/out sounding like a complete b****? My inlaws are pretty touchy.</div>
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that second hand smoke is associated with increasing the risk of sids and the smoke does stick to clothing and the nicotine sticks to the hands which can increase the risk of sids. I'm sure they like having a living grandbaby opposed to a dead one.
 

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The family Christmas is in a Smokers house. This is her first christmas and everyone is so excited about it(large family) and the only other possible alternative location is another smokers house. No one will be smoking while we're there but still I worry. WWYD?
 

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the pps have suggested good things, but you may not even have a problem, babys are very sensitive, and sometimes will not go to people who smell at all like smoke.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The family Christmas is in a Smokers house. This is her first christmas and everyone is so excited about it(large family) and the only other possible alternative location is another smokers house. No one will be smoking while we're there but still I worry. WWYD?</div>
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Not go. I cannot go into a smokers home, it's hard for me to breath (and I WAS a smoker).
 

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A smoking jacket works well (I have a friend who smokes and she does that). I second that and hand washing! Cigarette smoke is radioactive so it's best to not expose the baby to any residues if at all possible.<br><br>
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