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Experts Debate Tylenol's Safety for Asthmatic Kids
Date:11/7/2011

and people all over the world are trying to figure out what causes it," said Dr. Jennifer Appleyard, chief of allergy and immunology at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. She said that the asthma likely has a number of causes, not just one.

"I don't feel strongly swayed enough to tell my patients they shouldn't take acetaminophen. In anyone with a fever, it's good to minimize the amount of medications and give them just when they're needed." But, she said, an untreated fever can also be dangerous, and parents want to make their children comfortable when they're sick.

But until there's good evidence that acetaminophen is safe, McBride is telling his patients to avoid it.

If his own wife were pregnant, he said he'd suggest that she avoid taking acetaminophen, too. "It's not because I think it's very likely that it's a problem in pregnancy, but in the absence of evidence, why take it?" said McBride.

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Learn more about asthma triggers and treatment from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

SOURCES: John McBride, M.D., vice chair, department of pediatrics, director, Robert T. Stone Respiratory Center, Akron Children's Hospital, Ohio; Jennifer Appleyard, M.D., chief, allergy and immunology, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit; Len Horovitz, M.D., internist and pulmonary specialist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; December 2011, Pediatrics


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