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.
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.
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