Giving young children Calpol or other paracetamol increases the risk of them developing asthma symptoms. In a study of 200,000 children in 31 countries, children aged 6 and 7 who took paracetamol at least once a month were found to have 3 times the risk of having asthma symptoms than those never given it. Experts said it should only be used for high fever over 39C and not for comfort. It also increased eczema, runny nose & itchy watery eyes. The study was published in The Lancet on 19 Sept. 08 and was led by Prof. Richard Beasley of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand.
Please note Viburcol from the Heels range is a great alternative to calpol when you need to comfort a child. It is great for teething, general restlessness and when they are feeling out of sorts. Just a few drops on the tongue works wonders. Homeopathic, cheap, perfectly safe and useful for any age, from day old babies upwards…so use this instead.