Navigation Links
For Pregnant Smokers, Vitamin C Might Help Babies' Lungs
Date:5/7/2013

TUESDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin C may help prevent lung problems in babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy, according to a small new study.

Pregnant women are advised not to smoke because it can harm the baby's lungs and lead to problems such as wheezing and asthma. But if a pregnant woman can't quit smoking, taking vitamin C may help protect their baby's lungs, researchers found.

The study included 159 women who were less than 22 weeks pregnant and unable to quit smoking. They were randomly assigned to take either one 500-milligram capsule of vitamin C or a placebo each day for the remainder of their pregnancy.

Forty-eight hours after birth, babies born to women who took vitamin C had significantly better lung function than those whose mothers took the placebo. During their first year, wheezing was reported in 21 percent of infants whose mothers took vitamin C and in 40 percent of infants whose mothers took the placebo. The rate among infants born to nonsmokers was 27 percent.

The researchers also found that 22 percent of infants in the placebo group needed medication for wheezing, compared with 13 percent of those in the vitamin C group and 10 percent of those in the nonsmoking group.

The study was presented this week at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

"Vitamin C is a simple, safe and inexpensive treatment that may decrease the impact of smoking during pregnancy on childhood respiratory health," lead author Dr. Cynthia McEvoy, an associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University Children's Hospital, said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. And although the study showed an association between vitamin C use and better lung function in infants, it did not prove a cause-and-effect link.

"Getting women to quit smoking during pregnancy has to be priority one, but this finding provides a way to potentially help the infants born of the roughly 50 percent of pregnant smokers who won't or can't quit smoking no matter what is tried," study co-author Dr. Eliot Spindel, a senior scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University, said in the news release.

More information

The March of Dimes has more about the dangers of smoking during pregnancy.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, May 4, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Overweight Pregnant Women at Higher Risk for Complications
2. Breathing Smog While Pregnant May Worsen Asthma in Offspring
3. Vitamin C improves pulmonary function in newborns of pregnant smoking women
4. Vitamin C improves lung function in newborns of pregnant smoking women
5. Viewers family background affects how they react to MTV shows 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom
6. Fewer Stillbirths Among Pregnant Women Vaccinated Against Flu
7. Many poor pregnant women with HIV go untreated for depression
8. Blood test for pregnant women could predict risk of having dangerously small babies
9. A better way to help high-risk pregnant smokers
10. Standing at Work All Day While Pregnant Linked to Smaller Babies
11. 1 in 13 Pregnant Women Drinks, CDC Says
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
For Pregnant Smokers, Vitamin C Might Help Babies' Lungs
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... Based on worldwide research and ... of HBOT in treating and helping to heal addictions and substance abuse disorders. ... similarities of the wounds to the brain from traumatic brain injuries, and the ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... PreCheck, Inc., a ... 2017 Inc. 5000 with a three-year sales growth of 49 percent . The ... comprises the most comprehensive look at America’s independent entrepreneurs. This represents PreCheck’s fifth ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... MobilityWorks ... been named to the 2017 Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of America’s fastest-growing ... rate of 139 percent, marking the twelfth year that the company has been ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 23, 2017 , ... ... of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons , points out that therapeutic ... suffering from pain or injury. According to the report, a wider scope of ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... The old adage “you are what ... eating healthy foods. But this well-known piece of nutrition advice ignores that an ... carbohydrates—depends not only on properties of the food but also on properties of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/2/2017)... , Aug. 2, 2017  Life Flight Network and PeaceHealth ... agreement improves patient care and operational efficiency for patients at ... , Cottage Grove , and ... transportation. PeaceHealth and Life Flight Network work collaboratively to move ... transport, or when a time sensitive emergency exists. ...
(Date:8/1/2017)... , Aug. 1, 2017   CerSci Therapeutics , ... Dallas, Texas , has received notice from the ... Institutes of Health (NIH) that it has been awarded ... totaling over $650,000 in 2017 with an additional $1,000,000 ... Investigational New Drug application of their lead non-opioid drug ...
(Date:7/31/2017)... Tru-D SmartUVC robots have arrived at Brian Allgood Army Community ... for "Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection," is a 5-foot-5 germ-killing robot that is ... cleans the area with traditional cleaning protocols. ... Tru-D fights germs at Army hospitals ... "Although the BAACH has a very low infection rate, below national ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: