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Heartburn Meds Won't Help, May Harm Kids With Asthma
Date:1/24/2012

uld consult their pediatricians, who can best evaluate the clinical situation for each child," he said.

Holbrook agreed and said if a child is on a PPI, it's reasonable for parents to ask why. She noted that these medications may come with an additional risk and cost, and they may not have any additional benefit.

"If your child is on a PPI for asthma, it's not an effective treatment. These medications are approved for the treatment of acid reflux," said Holbrook.

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Learn more about asthma treatment from the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

SOURCES: Janet Holbrook, M.P.H., Ph.D., associate professor, epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore; Fernando Martinez, M.D., director, Arizona Respiratory Center and Swift-McNear Professor of Pediatrics, University of Arizona, Tucson; Jan. 25, 2012, Journal of the American Medical Association


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