It is important to remember that babies who have been in special care can have fragile lungs and fall ill very easily. If your baby comes home to a house where people smoke regularly, his or her health can be quite seriously affected, even if he or she is not in the room where someone is smoking.
Smoking also increases the risk of cot death. For every hour that a baby is in a room where people routinely smoke, the risk of cot death increases by 100 per cent. For example, if a baby is exposed for two to three hours a day, the risk of cot death is doubled. If a baby is exposed for eight hours a day, the risk increases by eight times.
The risk of cot death is also significantly increased for babies who share a bed with a parent who smokes, even if the parent smokes outside.
For more information on cot death, contact the Lullaby Trust if you are in England and Wales, or the Scottish Cot Death Trust in Scotland.
You and others living with you might want to try to stop smoking, for the sake of your own health and that of your baby. For help and advice to stop smoking, contact the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 0224 332 or visit the website here
If you are finding it hard to stop smoking completely, try to only smoke outdoors and when your baby is not with you.