Risks to your child’s lungs
Most lung conditions are caused by a combination of the genes your child is born with and things in their environment that affect your child’s lungs as they grow.
Risk factors that make lung problems more likely include:
- breathing cigarette smoke (smoking or passive smoking)
- air pollution, both outdoors and in the home
- early life risks: premature birth or low birth weight
- respiratory infections
In this section we explain more about these risks and what you can do to help reduce them.
About our health information
All our lung health information is developed using the latest evidence, with the support of health care professionals and people with lung conditions.