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Smokers giving children ear infections

By Lilian Anekwe

GPs should encourage parents of children diagnosed with otitis media to quit smoking, a GP has urged.

Parental smoking increases the risk of acute otitis media by 1.7 times. A general practice audit of the number of parents of children with otitis media that had been given smoking cessation advice London, found only 27% had been given smoking cessation advice within six months of their child's diagnosis.

Dr Ryan Kerstein, a GP in Hampstead, north-west London, wrote in the May issue of the British Journal of General Practice that the importance of smoking as a risk factor for otitis media in children was ‘such a high priority that this window of opportunity should not be overlooked.'

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