Mothers of newborns can’t lie if they are smokers or not. Meconium tells if the baby has been subjected to second-hand smoke inside the uterus.
Meconium in our local dialect is dalit or the first stool of a newborn. Researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have recently discovered that mothers of newborns can be determined if they’re smokers or not by inspecting the baby’s Meconium.
The researchers took samples of meconium from 337 infants. They found out high level of tobacco smoke metabolites from the meconium of infants whose mother were reported to have smoked during their pregnancies. Click for more.