The vast majority of babies are given Tylenol (acetaminophen) within the first six months of life. It’s a very popular medicine for parents whenever discomfort or fever strikes even very young children and its use is regularly encouraged by many pediatricians.
Now, a major study of over 20,000 children suggests that giving this popular medicine even as infrequently as once per year could have serious and permanent health effects.
Researchers at the University of A Coruna in Spain asked the parents of 10,371 children ages 6-7 and 10,372 adolescents aged 13-14 whether their children had asthma and how often they had been given acetaminophen within the previous year and when they were babies. The children in the younger age group who had received the medicine only once per year were at 70% greater risk for asthma while those receiving Tylenol once a month or more were shockingly 540% more likely to have asthma. The study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, also found that children who had even a single dose of Tylenol before their first birthday had a 60% risk of developing asthma.
Thanks: HMAI RAJKOT,
DR. PRASHANT SHAH SIR.