Passive smoking in babies: The BIBE study (Brief Intervention in babies. Effectiveness)

Ortega, Guadalupe; Castellà, Cristina; Martín-Cantera, Carlos; Ballvé, Jose L; Díaz, Estela; Saez, Marc; Lozano, Juan; Rofes, Lourdes; Morera, Concepció; Barceló, Antònia; Cabezas, Carmen; Pascual, Jose A; Pérez-Ortuño, Raúl; Saltó, Esteve; Valverde, Araceli; Jané, Mireia
January 2010
BMC Public Health;2010, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p772
Academic Journal
Background: There is evidence that exposure to passive smoking in general, and in babies in particular, is an important cause of morbimortality. Passive smoking is related to an increased risk of pediatric diseases such as sudden death syndrome, acute respiratory diseases, worsening of asthma, acute-chronic middle ear disease and slowing of lung growth. The objective of this article is to describe the BIBE study protocol. The BIBE study aims to determine the effectiveness of a brief intervention within the context of Primary Care, directed to mothers and fathers that smoke, in order to reduce the exposure of babies to passive smoking (ETS). Methods/Design: Cluster randomized field trial (control and intervention group), multicentric and open. Subject: Fathers and/or mothers who are smokers and their babies (under 18 months) that attend pediatric services in Primary Care in Catalonia. The measurements will be taken at three points in time, in each of the fathers and/or mothers who respond to a questionnaire regarding their baby's clinical background and characteristics of the baby's exposure, together with variables related to the parents' tobacco consumption. A hair sample of the baby will be taken at the beginning of the study and at six months after the initial visit (biological determination of nicotine). The intervention group will apply a brief intervention in passive smoking after specific training and the control group will apply the habitual care. Discussion: Exposure to ETS is an avoidable factor related to infant morbimortality. Interventions to reduce exposure to ETS in babies are potentially beneficial for their health. The BIBE study evaluates an intervention to reduce exposure to ETS that takes advantage of pediatric visits. Interventions in the form of advice, conducted by pediatric professionals, are an excellent opportunity for prevention and protection of infants against the harmful effects of ETS. Trial Registration: Clinical Trials.gov Identifier: NCT00788996.


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