Paracetamol 'not linked' to asthma

Paracetamol use does not increase the risk of children developing asthma, research has shown.

Evidence has suggested paracetamol exposure in early life could cause asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis in some children.

To examine this risk, researchers assessed 620 children whose paracetamol use was tracked from birth to two years of age. They were then followed up at seven years.

Paracetamol was used in 51 per cent of children by 12 weeks, and 97 per cent by two years.

At age seven, 148 children had developed asthma. After adjusting for frequency of respiratory infections, researchers found no link between paracetamol use and the children's asthma.

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