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Childhood Asthma Causes

Acetaminophen Linked to Increased Childhood Asthma

by Howard Gerber on February 2, 2012

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It has been common knowledge for about three decades that children should not be given aspirin because it can lead to the development of Reye’s syndrome. Around the time this discovery was made doctors and parents began giving infants and children acetaminophen to reduce fever instead. However, about a decade later some doctors began to think that the increase in childhood asthma might be linked to the increased use of acetaminophen. A 1998 paper indicated the link and recommended further testing in animals and studies in other countries where childhood asthma was increasing.

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