PostHeaderIcon Nicotine Replacement – linked with colic

Pregnant women who use nicotine replacement products are more likely to have a baby with colic.

Nicotine patches, nicotine gum and nicotine inhalers. All products can be a welcome helping hand for smokers who want to put the cigarettes on the shelf. But for pregnant women, there may be reason to be cautious. The new research from Aarhus University and Aarhus University, which has just been published in the prestigious international scientific journal Pediatrics.

Scientists has discovered a link between nicotine replacement products and colic.

Extensive study
In the study, researchers examined more than 63,000 Danish women and their children who had participated in the national project Better Health for Mother and Child. Some of these women had smoked during pregnancy, others had used nicotine replacement products, and some had neither smoked or used nicotine replacement.

The results showed that the risk of having a baby with colic was 11.1% in women who had used nicotine replacement products during pregnancy. Almost the same risk existed if the woman had both smoked and used nicotine replacement products. For women who had smoked during pregnancy, the risk ratio of 9.4%. While women who had neither smoked or used nicotine replacement in pregnancy had a risk of 7.4%.

Exposure to nicotine problematic
– From previous research we know that women who smoke during pregnancy have an increased risk of having a colicky baby. The same seems to be true, if women have used nicotine replacement products. This could indicate that it is the exposure to nicotine during pregnancy, there is the problem, says Ioanna Milidou who is a doctor and conduct research as part of a PhD project is a collaboration between children departments in Aarhus and Herning and University of Aarhus.

– The result should not be seen as a warning against using nicotine replacement products. Smoking has many harmful effects on pregnancy and can certainly not advisable, instead, says Ioanna Milidou.

The article in Pediatrics is the first study of the relationship between nicotine replacement products and colic, and the researchers behind the study believe that it should be followed up by further studies


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