As if the recall on Tylenol and other children’s medications back in May wasn’t enough, now there’s more scientific evidence to avoid giving your child Tylenol and other acetaminophen products.
Two new studies have tied acetaminophen to childhood asthma and allergies, saying that it triggers wheezing and breathing problems in toddlers. This really concerns me as I have a 27-month old and 6-month old.
The researchers estimate that Tylenol could potentially be responsible for up to 4 in 10 of all asthma symptoms, including severe ones such as waking up gasping for air once a week or more.
Teens who take Tylenol at least once a month (1/3 overall and more than 40% Americans) more than doubled their odds of wheezing. They were also more likely to have allergic nasal congestion and eczema—I have eczema that developed when I was 11, so that’s of extreme interest to me.
I’ll be tossing out the acetaminophen we keep in our house “in case of emergency.” We don’t use it often and it’s not worth the risk for me.
We use homeopathic teething tablets for teething pain and only try to give Zoë medication for fevers if it gets over 103° F anyhow, or if it’s late at night and she can’t sleep (Kaylee has never had medication other than teething tablets). Luckily Tylenol never really worked for Zoë; Motrin always seemed to work better. So she has only had Tylenol a handful of times since she’s rarely sick.
Children are severely over-medicated these days. When will all of the madness stop? How many studies is it going to take to make us, as parents, see that medication, vaccines, pesticides and environmental toxins are making our children sick? I’m sick thinking about it.
I choose to trust in our bodies’ natural ability to take care of themselves when given the proper care and nutrition—and studies like this only confirm my beliefs.
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