Asthma & The Painkiller Connection with Children

inhalerAsthma is the most common chronic disease among children, with over a million children receiving asthma drugs the UK has the highest incidence of wheeze amongst mid-teenagers out of 56 countries according to Asthma UK but there is no sign of improvement.
There seems to be a link with “harmless painkillers” increasingly given to children with any minor pain.
The paracetamol-asthma connection has been identified by recent New Zealand research that showed increased risk of developing asthma with even the occasional use of paracetamol-containing medication by over 50%, babies given painkillers once a month had triple the risk of developing asthma. Even the use of paracetamol by pregnant women may significantly increase the risk of the baby suffering from asthma or wheezing.
Does it not make for sanity to do whatever we can to get better control of this condition with less medication?
The use of long acting relievers (LABAs) increasingly used for children appears to be another possible reason for the increasing incidence of severe life threatening incidents and have been subjected to repeated scrutiny since 2006.
The Buteyko Method is an effective way of safely reducing the need for drugs used by asthma sufferers. Clinical trials have clearly demonstrated this (See the Clinical Trials section on our website HERE).
For more information on this subject read the Asthma article in “What The Doctors Don’t Tell You”  HERE
Michael Lingard BSc. DO BBEC