A mum has expressed her concern over her mother-in-lawâ€™s smoky hands touching her newborn.
In an online letter, the new mum asked if her mother-in-law would be offended if she asked her to shower and change before touching her newborn.
â€œMy husband and I have decided that after she smokes, she needs to shower and change her clothes before she can pick up the baby.â€
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Thirdhand smoke is a growing concern and itâ€™s something many new parents arenâ€™t aware of. It can occur when somebody inhales smoke that is left lingering on a personâ€™s clothes or hands.
This new mum is also worried her mother-in-law will feel â€œostrazisedâ€ [sic] by her decision.Â
â€œWe donâ€™t want to hurt her feelings, but obviously, those are likely potential outcomes. How can we still be welcoming and let her know we are excited to have her around while still setting these boundaries?â€
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The phenomena of thirdhand smoke is so new that parenting columnist Carvell Wallace hadnâ€™t heard of it.
He was initially skeptical of its validity admitting he would â€œlight cigarettes for the elders in my familyâ€ when he was younger.Â After some research, he changed his mind.
He wrote: â€œThirdhand smoke is a real thing apparently, so kudos to you for taking it seriously.â€
â€œYou are perfectly within your rights to ask for what you want; her response to that is her business, not yours.Â When sheâ€™s visiting you, I think you can be strict about this. When you are visiting them, I think you have to, for necessityâ€™s sake, be less so.â€
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