I have been working on an article on Asthma, Allergies and Eczema (working title: Why Can’t I Ever Spell These Blasted Words?) and after interviewing a local Allergy and Asthma specialist, he confirmed what I thought was just a kooky rumor – Infant Acetaminophen has been linked to Asthma in children. WHAT?! He said that children who received more acetaminophen as infants have more severe cases of asthma later on! He sited a study in CHEST Magazine 2009 (don’t worry this would be a G-rated magazine) which reports these findings. He also said that moms who used acetaminophen often during pregnancy might be responsible for more severe asthma in their kids too. Isn’t that nice for instilling a guilt complex?!
OK, my children are doomed!! Pediatric nurses are surely going to be the highest percentage of moms with kids suffering with asthma. Peds nurses are a breed of medication servers who know too much and want to prevent our kids from dealing with any pain or sniffle. I think I had tube of Oragel in my pocket for an entire year when my kids were teething! I think the next study should be who’s kids are coughing up the most phlegm. And the winner is…nurses kids!!
I will be delving into this study more in KC Parent’s April’s issue, so please stayed tuned. Does this freak out anyone else or do you have any stories to share about your kids teething experience? I would love to hear them!
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