Moms Everyday: Acetaminophen & Asthma

By: Stephanie Ramos
By: Stephanie Ramos

A pain reliever that parents often give to their kids may pose a surprising health threat.

In the new issue of the journal Pediatrics, an expert on lung diseases in kids makes a bold recommendation: Kids with asthma should avoid acetaminophen, and so should kids who just have asthma in their families.

Researchers haven’t proven that acetaminophen causes asthma in kids. However, the doctor points to several studies that help support his case. What’s more, the number of asthma cases in kids jumped around the time that more parents started using acetaminophen to treat pain and fever – instead of aspirin.

Giving aspirin to kids with certain illnesses like the flu can lead to a condition called Reye Syndrome, which can be life-threatening.

So where does this leave parents now?

If you’re concerned that acetaminophen could lead to asthma problems for your child, talk to your child’s doctor about other ways to treat aches, pains and fevers.

(courtesy; moms everyday.com)

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