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Paracetamol link to asthma
Source: New Straits Times, December 28, 2010
   
 

Babies given Calpol or other forms of paracetamol are twice as likely to develop asthma, research shows.  Those fed the medicines in the first 15 months of their life are also at a much higher risk of suffering from allergies when they are older.

A study found that babies who had Calpol or similar medicines in the first 15 months were twice as likely to have suffered wheezing and other symptoms of asthma by the time they were six.  They were also three times more at risk from having allergies such as hay fever, researchers in New Zealand found.  But the researchers agreed that the benefits of the drug by far outweigh the allergy risk, so parents should not stop giving it to their children.

Paracetamol is by far the most popular painkiller, having overtaken aspirin which fell out of favour due to fear over its link to a potentially deadly condition known as Reyes Syndrome.


   
     
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