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Acetaminophen Maybe Linked to Childhood Asthma

December 20th, 2011

There is new evidence suggesting that acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) may be linked to childhood asthma. The increase in childhood asthma rates in the 1980’s prompted Dr. McBride to research possible causes.  The onset seems to be related to the period of time when doctors learned of the link between Reyes syndrome and aspirin; they began recommending acetaminophen instead.  In addition, researchers have found that “even a single dose of acetaminophen can reduce the body’s levels of glutathione, an enzyme that helps repair oxidative damage that can drive inflammation in the airways” (that is, asthma).

This evidence is compelling–please avoid the use of both aspirin and acetaminophen for childhood fevers.  Contact us for natural treatment options for childhood fevers.