Asthma

Updated 12 September 2016

Paracetamol fine for kids with asthma

Some previous research suggested that frequent use of paracetamol may worsen asthma in kids, but new research indicates otherwise.

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Acetaminophen (paracetamol) does not worsen asthma symptoms in young children, a new study finds.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are often used to treat pain and fever. Some previous research has suggested that frequent use of acetaminophen may worsen asthma in kids with the respiratory condition.

To investigate, researchers studied 300 children between the ages of 1 and 5 with mild, persistent asthma, which is defined as having symptoms more than two days a week, but not daily. All of the children used daily inhaled treatments to manage their asthma.

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During the study, they received either acetaminophen or ibuprofen to treat pain or fever.

The small percentage of kids whose asthma symptoms worsened was about the same with both medications, according to the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The findings could help guide the care of children with asthma, according to the researchers.

The research was led by Dr William Sheehan of the divisions of allergy and immunology and respiratory diseases at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston.

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