Baby’s asthma risk rises if mom-to-be uses paracetamol

London, Feb 10 (IANS) Babies are likely to have an increased risk of developing asthma if their mothers during pregnancy take paracetamol — a common painkiller, warns a new study.

Those children who were exposed to paracetamol during their mother’s pregnancy, developed asthma at the age of three, the study showed.

“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 percent of the children had current asthma at age three, and 5.1 percent 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.

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