Use of paracetamol during pregnancy can increase the risk of asthma in babies

first_imgIt’s not uncommon to be prescribed the humble Paracetamol every time we get a mild fever, given the dwindling weather, especially. But a new study has warned us against the casual use of this easily available medicine.According to the study, babies are likely to have an increased risk of developing asthma if their mothers consume paracetamol during pregnancy.Those children who were exposed to paracetamol during their mother’s pregnancy developed asthma at the age of three, the study showed.Also read: Make your little one munch on a high-protein breakfast “Uncovering potential adverse effects is of public health importance, as paracetamol is the most commonly used painkiller among pregnant women and infants,” said Maria Magnus from Bristol University in Britain.The study examined asthma outcomes at ages three and seven and evaluated the likelihood of the association being as a result of the three most common triggers for paracetamol use in pregnancy: pain, fever and flu, the researchers said.The findings, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, showed that 5.7 per cent of the children had current asthma at age three, and 5.1 per cent had asthma at age seven.Using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, the researchers compared associations between several conditions during pregnancy (with and without the use of paracetamol) and asthma developing in the 114,500 children in the study.Also read: This kind of DNA cuts down on the chances of breast cancer, says studylast_img read more