Paracetamol use in babies makes them more prone to asthma. Asthma Calpol Link has been demonstrated in a large study of 100,000 to 200,000 children in over 20 countries. The study states that sick children taking paracetamol in Calpol or other products, are likely to increase their chances of having asthma, which is in contradiction, to the statement by Asthma UK, which states that use of paracetamol should not be a concern for parents.
The results of this large international study, the third part of a study called the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) programme depicts that paracetamol use could be at least a risk factor, leading to asthma, if taken in higher doses and more regularly. But, further trials and specific guidance for parents has been recommended.
The latest study, carried out in 31 countries, is working on the relationship between paracetamol and asthma. Parents of children, aged six and seven, were given questionnaires, regarding symptoms of asthma, eczema and related allergic conditions, besides asking details on paracetamol use, for fever in the child’s first year of life and the past 12 months. Children who had used paracetamol more than once a month, in the past year, had a three-fold increased risk of asthma compared with who had not taken the drug in the past 12 months.
Study leader, Professor Richard Beasley, from the University of Auckland, advises that the findings do not support a reason to stop using paracetamol in childhood. However, the findings support the guidelines of the WHO, which recommends, that paracetamol should be reserved for children with a high fever (38.5C or above).
As per, Professor Jeffrey Aronson, president of the British Pharmacological Society, dose relationship with paracetamol and asthma indicated that association between the two.
Leanne Male, Asthma UK’s assistant director of research, stresses that besides researches being done, we are yet unsure about the different lifestyle and genetic factors affecting the development of asthma. Adding to his statement, he advised use of paracetamol should not be a concern for parents but in prescribed doses.
source : topnewshealth
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