One of the best things you can do to protect your child with PCD is to keep your home and car smokefree.

It is really important that if you have PCD or have a child with PCD that you don’t smoke. As PCD causes mucus clearance to be delayed, the toxic constituents of cigarette smoke may be retained for longer in the lungs of PCD patients, with the risk of increasing damage.

Cigarette smoke also stimulates more mucus production, and the mucus is more sticky – this is why cigarette smokers have a wet “smokers cough”. These effects of cigarette smoke are disastrous in the PCD lung and will increase the risk of infection, damage the lung and cause deterioration in lung function.

It is therefore recommended that if you have a recently diagnosed child with PCD that you give up smoking as soon as possible.

Details on how to get help to do this can be obtained by clicking on this link:- smokefree.nhs.uk/