“Pregnant women who take paracetamol could be increasing the risk of their child developing asthma,” the Daily Express has reported.

The news is based on a review that systematically combined the findings from six previous studies examining whether paracetamol use in pregnancy is associated with asthma in early childhood …

Expectant mothers should not be overly concerned. There are many causes of childhood asthma, and exposing the developing foetus or child to smoke is likely to be a more important one. Paracetamol remains safe for use at standard adult dose if required during pregnancy or breastfeeding …

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