Risks to your child’s lungs

Most lung conditions are caused by a combination of the genes your child is born with, and things that affect your child’s lungs as they grow. The latter includes breathing cigarette smoke, infection, pollution and their diet.

Here we explain more about these risks and what you can do to help reduce them.

Last medically reviewed: September 2016. Due for review: September 2019

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.