My Ds has asthma (from 8mths) had calpol a lot in 1st 15 mths of life. But he had many many infections, i can't help wondering that the children who need calpol at that age, are the ones who get the most infections, and this causes a weakness rather than the paracetamol in itself?
I think paracetemol is overused. People reach for it when their child shows the slightest hint of a temperature (or occasionally 'just in case') even if the child is showing no signs of discomfort. Fever is a good thing, it is helping the body to fight off the illness. There are a lot of myths out there surrounding fevers and I think if people were more informed they would be less inclined to worry and stop trying to bring them down unnecessarily. Perhaps increasing awareness of these 'fever myths' would decrease the number of times people use paracetemol for their children and we would then see a decrease in the asthma rates....
The Behind The Headlines team at NHS choices give a detailed analaysis of this research. As others have noted, the researchers found an association, not a causal link. Epidemiological studies often find associations, which on further investigation don't turn out to be causative. It could perhaps be that the conditions for which paracetamol is being given to these children are in fact early signs of asthma developing rather than the paracetamol actively causing asthma to develop. A case of "more research is needed", unfortunately.
My understanding is the same as twoboots. That one study came to the conclusion that the young children who were more prone to asthma in the first place had more colds and upper respiratory infections in the first place leading to higher paracetamol consumption.
DD has a tendency towards wheezing (not asthmatic as such but possibly heading that way). She has also had a LARGE number of UR infections for which the advice from both Dr and hospital is to give Calpol. I would guess that family history and her birth 13 weeks early had more to do with her tendency to wheeze than a bit of Calpol. I wouldnt change how I've treated her, tbh.
Well of course dribbleface, if they are in pain then they certainly need something to help. I disagree with the high temperature bit though - unless it is causing them discomfort then there is no need to bring it down with paracetemol. The NICE guidelines don't recommend giving paracetemol solely to bring down a fever in the absence of any other symptoms or distress. I guess my point is that paracetemol should be used for pain relief - not to suppress a fever. If this was the case, parents would be using it a lot less often.
Thats interesting bubbleymummy, i guess its my first instinct to give calpol with high temp (although can't think of a time when he has had a very high temp and not been very distressed too). Agree perhaps more info would ease useage.