Parents who Smoke with an Asthmatic Child: Is it Neglect?Created by:
This is a hypothetical case about a mother rushing her coughing child into the emergency room. The triage nurse directed them to a nearby bed. As you approached the child and the mother, the first thing you observed is the stench of cigarettes on both of them. On history taking, the mother admits that she is a chronic smoker with several failed attempts. Although she denies that her smoking is exacerbating the asthmatic symptoms of her child because she makes sure that her house is well ventilated and all windows ar open. Would you consider this as child neglect? As a healthcare provider, what are you going to do about the situation? Is there any protocol in your hospital about child neglect?