Tylenol Once a Month Raises a Child’s Asthma Risk 540 Percent

by Sarah Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & ChildComments: 161

asthmaThe vast majority of babies are given Tylenol (acetaminophen) within the first six months of life. It is the go to medicine for modern parents whenever discomfort or fever strikes even very young children and its use is frequently encouraged by many pediatricians.

Now, a major study of over 20,000 children suggests that giving this popular medicine even as infrequently as once per year could have a permanent, life-threatening health effect.

Researchers at the University of A Coruna in Spain asked the parents of 10,371 children ages 6-7 and 10,372 adolescents aged 13-14 whether their children had asthma and how often they had been given acetaminophen within the previous year and when they were babies. The children in the younger age group who had received the medicine only once per year were at 70% greater risk for asthma while those receiving Tylenol once a month or more were shockingly 540% more likely to have asthma. The study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, also found that children who had even a single dose of Tylenol before their first birthday had a 60% risk of developing asthma.

In the older age group of 13 and 14 year-olds, asthma was 40 percent more likely if they had taken acetaminophen within the previous 12 months. The young teenagers were 250% more at risk if they took it once a month. The researchers speculated that Tylenol, called paracetamol in the UK, may reduce a potent antioxidant called glutathione in the lungs and blood, which results in damage to the lung tissue. Glutathione is produced by the body (it is a combination of three amino acids: cysteine, glycine and glutamine) and is referred to as the “mother” of all antioxidants by Dr. Mark Hyman MD.

While Tylenol use is strongly associated with a significant increase in asthma and the effect is greater the more often the drug is taken, no causal link is yet established via randomized-controlled trials. Does this mean the results of this large study should be dismissed and parents should continue favoring use of the popular over the counter medication for fever and pain? Not so fast. It would certainly be the wise and cautious approach for parents to investigate alternatives to Tylenol while additional follow-up research is performed. Asthma rates have been on the increase for decades at the same time Tylenol use became more widespread.

The potential link cannot and should not be ignored. Examination of 20,000 children establishing such a strong associative risk must be taken seriously and the dismissal of the research by some doctors is irresponsible given the seriousness and life altering outcome of an asthma diagnosis. “All the asthma symptoms analysed increased significantly with paracetamol consumption,” the researchers wrote.

Other Autoimmune Illness Also Higher in Children Who Use Tylenol

The associative link is even stronger when one considers that other autoimmune disease is also more prevalent with Tylenol use making the probability of inverse causation far less likely. Inverse causation would mean that children with asthma are simply more likely to pick up coughs and colds that require painkillers. For example, the Spanish study also concluded that the prevalence of eczema in children increased dramatically the more frequently Tylenol was used. In addition, scientists in New Zealand found in 2010 that Tylenol use before the age of 15 months was associated with a higher risk of children having allergies at the age of six.

Also in 2010, another large study of 11,000 children conducted by the Imperial College of London demonstrated that taking Tylenol in the first six months of life was associated with a higher prevalence of asthma and wheezing. Prior to that in 2009, researchers at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute in Canada found a higher risk of asthma for both adults and children via a meta-analysis of existing research.

Should savvy and health conscious parents wait awhile until the likely causative relationship is established? Definitely not! With such repetitive and significant associative links firmly established, taking that Children’s Tylenol and chucking it in the trash would be a really constructive action step.

There is absolutely no reason to use this product when raising children anyway. I’ve personally never owned a bottle of Children’s Tylenol let alone used it anytime in the past 15 years since my first child was born. There are plenty of other nontoxic options for dealing with fevers and pain in your young ones!

Another constructive action step? Finding a quality local pasture based farm and having your children drink unpasteurized grassfed milk. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reported in August 2011 that children who drank raw milk had a 41% reduced chance of developing asthma. These same children had a nearly 50% reduction in hay fever as well even when other relevant factors were considered.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


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Comments (161)

  • Daisy F

    I have avoided tylenol for years as a result of this study and do regret having given it to my now older children when they were babies. My one year old son has had tylenol once after his circumcision (I know, another controversial subject, but it is done now) by the nurses at the operation (without asking me first). I didn’t follow it up with any more tylenol but I am wondering how to handle a situation like that where it seems cruel not to give any sort of pain relief whatsoever. Is there something I could have given then nurses beforehand to give my son instead of tylenol? I am actually scared to have more children in case I have to face this situation again!

    January 16th, 2015 2:09 pm Reply
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  • Natalie Peterson Cook via Facebook

    We stopped using Tylenol and ibprophen a few years ago and have no asthma since

    October 8th, 2014 6:39 pm Reply
  • Carol Price via Facebook

    Wow !!! Learn simething new everyday

    October 8th, 2014 6:13 pm Reply
  • Melissa Stenger Ebbole via Facebook

    I’m convinced Tylenol during a bout with pneumonia for my 6 hear old contributed to her leaky gut!!! Now my 4 year old is battling a 105 fever… What did you do with yours to battle it without Motrin either. She is miserable… The fever doesn’t scare me I just want her to be comfortable. I tried snuggles and tepid cloth and hydration and frozen fresh juice.

    October 8th, 2014 4:35 pm Reply
  • Hope Stevens via Facebook

    Although my son had a nebulizer starting at 3 months and he didn’t have any Tylenol. Some is just genetics.

    October 8th, 2014 2:50 pm Reply
  • Tasha Perez via Facebook

    I was wondering why when my daughter was younger, she is now 14, there was such a bad outspread of children with asthma?? I mean I think every home had a nebulizer!!!!! Know that is explaining it!!!!

    October 8th, 2014 1:12 pm Reply
  • Hannah Elliott via Facebook

    What about belladonna 30c in place of ferr phos? And why cell salts instead of homeopathic?

    October 8th, 2014 1:07 pm Reply
  • Monique Cunningham-Sheppard via Facebook

    Why i use peppermint oil, motrin when fevers are high, cool baths, naked babies (underwear really) and lots of hugs!

    October 8th, 2014 12:31 pm Reply
  • Rose

    I am shocked to have read this article and yet, not surprised. I feel guilty that I have given my five month old daughter baby tylenol on three occasions when she seemed inconsolable from teething. But now I notice she has a dry cough on and off and I wonder if that could be related to the tylenol? She is other wise healthy and bf.
    Now I give her a frozen face cloth to bite or apple pieces or frozen banana to help ease the teething pain. I know now there are other ways to help. But now I’m so worried I have done her harm and feel guilty for giving her tylenol. Is there any way to help ‘remove’ it from her body?

    August 14th, 2014 9:28 pm Reply
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  • Lynn Therrien via Facebook

    Never really liked or used Tylenol.

    April 1st, 2014 11:47 am Reply
  • Kristiina O’Brien DiOrio via Facebook

    Peppermint oil on the feet cuts a fever. Most times it’s better to just let it ride. The body needs to fight the infection on its own and it does that through fever. Diffuse some thieves oil or blend it with sweet almond oil and apply it to the chest.

    April 1st, 2014 11:04 am Reply
  • Kristiina O’Brien DiOrio via Facebook

    One of the reasons I didn’t think it was a good idea to give it to Anthony on Saturday. I’m so glad I had those essential oils in the truck. They really worked quickly.

    April 1st, 2014 11:03 am Reply
  • Daniel Steven via Facebook

    what can I use as a replacement for my cherry Tylenol smoothie now?

    April 1st, 2014 10:13 am Reply
  • Diane Aceto DiOrio via Facebook


    April 1st, 2014 9:32 am Reply
  • Kristiina O’Brien DiOrio via Facebook

    Good to know about Tylenol. Mara, Lydia, Diane, Pam, Nicholas, Daniel, Joe, Gary

    April 1st, 2014 9:09 am Reply
  • Julius Anthony Hodges via Facebook

    hypothesis: tylenol clogs the liver so the body has to get rid of toxins another way…the lungs

    April 1st, 2014 8:02 am Reply
  • Cassie Haga Meadows via Facebook

    I remember taking a lot of Tylenol as a kid and I’ve never had any respiratory problems.

    April 1st, 2014 5:34 am Reply
    • M

      I always used ibuprofen growing up but when I was a young teen I had some dental work done and he had me take Tylenol. It made me barf like crazy and I nearly overdosed. It didn’t work either, because even after taking his insanely high prescribed amount, my teeth still hurt. Aron’s that time I started having problems when running playing tag with my friends. My chest would stiffen up with my shoulders and it was like my neck and upper body were frozen so I couldn’t take a breath in. It’s not as bad as it was back then because I haven’t taken Tylenol since, and I seem to be recovering slowly, however I can’t run like I used to and that makes me sad since I have 2 boys now and they’re so full of energy. I wish I could run with them more. I refuse to give either of them Tylenol because I don’t want them to end up with the same issues as me.

      January 10th, 2015 1:35 am Reply
  • Michael Amad via Facebook

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    April 1st, 2014 4:25 am Reply
  • Shelia Hansen via Facebook

    Ibuprofen nearly killed my daughter when she was 4. Thankfully I’d only given her half a dose the night before . None of my kids ever had it again.


    April 1st, 2014 2:24 am Reply
  • Tiffany ‘Moore’ Aronson via Facebook


    April 1st, 2014 1:05 am Reply
  • Yuliya Childers via Facebook

    My daughter had no fevers whatsoever until she was about 5. Her immune system was compromised due to prematurity. So we were grateful when she got fever, which is a sign of a well functioning immune system. Before that she would have those endless low temp congestion episodes that would always result in wheezing, bronchospasm or even pneumonia. Now that she is strong (thanks to raw milk and cod liver oil), her asthmatic episodes are long forgotten and her fever is intense but brief (in those rare sickness episodes maybe once a year) She is a trouper! We use Motrin extremely rarely. Our pediatrician warned us against Tylenol as well.

    March 31st, 2014 10:28 pm Reply
  • Green-Living Ladies via Facebook

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    March 31st, 2014 6:25 pm Reply
  • Lisa Vaught via Facebook


    March 31st, 2014 6:16 pm Reply
  • Sadia Farukh via Facebook

    What about Advil, is it safe?

    March 31st, 2014 4:20 pm Reply
  • Danette Rieckhoff via Facebook

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    March 31st, 2014 4:11 pm Reply
  • Ruth Coffman Breedlove via Facebook

    I was not a big user of Tylenol on my kids, but I had 3 boys, used it when needed, & NONE of them have asthma. I think this is a tad exaggerated.

    March 31st, 2014 3:47 pm Reply
  • Azziza Jane via Facebook

    As a mom of a child who had a life-threatening autoimmune disease at 15 months old, I preach to my friends CONSTANTLY about letting fever be! Seriously. The body knows what it’s doing. Yes, at higher temps there is a risk of seizures…but the younger the child, the higher the fever can safely get before that risk outweighs the “benefits” of artificially lowering the temp. Thank you for this article!

    March 31st, 2014 2:57 pm Reply
  • Julie Jabaley Wilborn via Facebook

    Alma aranda, Helen Keller had what they believe was either scarlet fever or meningitis, which are both potentially life threatening diseases. That is what left her deaf and blind, not the fever. Fevers in and of themselves are harmless and actually help a body to heal.

    March 31st, 2014 2:56 pm Reply
  • Alma Aranda via Facebook

    My kids almost always get fever and I do freak out! I better find a better way like cold compresses and even baths but fevers are scary :S

    March 31st, 2014 2:36 pm Reply
  • Katy Dornberger Waldrop via Facebook

    Boo! So glad I’ve found out about essential oils for that kind of thing!

    March 31st, 2014 2:26 pm Reply
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    March 31st, 2014 2:19 pm Reply
  • Kimheng Meas via Facebook

    I don’t have a grandiose standing when it comes to my kids. If the fever is around 101 then I will let him be. Anything higher then I will treat it. One again it’s a first world problem and attitude.

    March 31st, 2014 1:51 pm Reply
  • Julie Jabaley Wilborn via Facebook

    Tylenol is so terribly toxic that none of us should even have it in our homes. The more studies they do, the more they find. Here is one from Feb. 2014 showing a huge increase in ADHD in children of mothers who used acetaminophen during pregnancy: http://time.com/9961/tylenol-during-pregnancy-linked-to-higher-risk-of-adhd/. Leave fevers alone. It is hard for parents to watch their children suffer, but fevers force a sick child to lay down and rest, which is exactly what he/she needs. Here is a study published in the American Journal of Peds that shows the benefits of fevers to the child’s body: http://m.pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/3/580.full

    March 31st, 2014 1:50 pm Reply
  • Gone WiththeWind via Facebook

    Hmmm…. I find this part hard to believe…don’t you mean a 60% higher risk (relative risk) instead of absolute risk????
    “The study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, also found that children who had even a single dose of Tylenol before their first birthday had a 60% risk of developing asthma. – See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/tylenol-just-once-a-month-raises-a-childs-asthma-risk-540/#sthash.EMDBcAXV.dpuf

    March 31st, 2014 1:24 pm Reply
  • Laurie Kirk Fisher via Facebook

    I always tell the kids that a fever is good news because it means their bodies are working hard to heal

    March 31st, 2014 1:09 pm Reply
  • Laura Katherine Moore Cain via Facebook

    Tylenol had been used twice in our house in the last year. Once with me to try to deal with toothache. Apparently I don’t respond well to it. The other was Tylenol 3 (w/ codeine) for my husband with severe nerve pain in his back so that he could sleep. In both cases, we used homeopathic remedies to deal with the side effects.

    Anyone have good painkiller recommendations for pinched nerves that prevent sleep? I really don’t reaching for opiates.

    March 31st, 2014 1:05 pm Reply
  • Vicki Stairs via Facebook

    That is crazy

    March 31st, 2014 1:03 pm Reply
  • Laura Katherine Moore Cain via Facebook

    Working with a good homeopath might help with managing the pain, and even break the fever faster in a way that works with the body’s immune system. The multi-symptom remedies can sometimes be underwhelming because they’re a double-barrelled shotgun approach; hopefully something you fire will hit the target. A well chosen single remedy can often deal with a fever overnight.

    Also, garlic chicken soup. Lots of garlic chicken soup.

    March 31st, 2014 1:02 pm Reply
  • Meshele Coleman Tomplait via Facebook

    I like to let a fever run free … but when they lay around like beached whales and can barely stay awake and that temp has spiked to 103*+, it’s hard not to give meds. I usually reach for Advil first (of traditional meds, anyway. By this point we’ve already been doing herbs, etc). I *only* reach for Tylenol if it’s bedtime and Advil hasn’t made a dent in a 103*+ temp. It used to be the first thing I reached for, so I’ve grown some. lol In the last 7 years, I’ve only given Tylenol 2 or 3 times – and that was recently when we had a very heavy round of flu hit, and even then I didn’t use it until closer to the end of its run.

    March 31st, 2014 1:02 pm Reply
  • Courtney Crowell via Facebook

    My issue has been a fever *with* a headache and/or body aches. I gave my daughter ibuprofen not necessarily for the fever (which, of course it lowered) but because she was in so much pain. Any advice for this scenario?

    March 31st, 2014 12:52 pm Reply
  • AndynMandy Yearwood Gang via Facebook

    What about ibuprofen? I use it due to febrile seizures too

    March 31st, 2014 12:48 pm Reply
  • Heather Horst via Facebook

    So what do you say for a child who gets febrile seizures at around 102? I only let the temp under arm hit 101 and then go for meds. Normal or not seizures are the scariest thing ever for a Mom!

    March 31st, 2014 12:43 pm Reply
  • Nancy Estey Dalen via Facebook

    Peppermint oil on feet with reduce it once the fever gets over 102……My sons fever got as high as 103.8 and Peppermint oil took care of it in no time…

    March 31st, 2014 12:30 pm Reply
  • Phil Moreland via Facebook

    Aspirin is a BIG no no too!

    March 31st, 2014 12:28 pm Reply
  • Cindy Shook via Facebook

    Fever increases the immune system. Let it go for awhile. I always did.

    March 31st, 2014 12:27 pm Reply
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  • Aquarius Risen

    Our family used to drink pasteurized milk, then we switched to raw milk,and it sure did taste better. But we must have had some kind of hidden milk allergy, because we all started coming down with awful bouts of diahrreah for a week at a time, until we gave up milk.

    We still eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It doesn’t upset our stomachs, so it must have really good energy. We only have it on Saturdays so the kids can run out the sugar-hypers playing outdoors.

    You don’t need Tylenol if you have will power. We don’t believe in flu shots either. Our kids have only gotten the flu twice each in the last four years, which proves you don’t need a flu shot. Last year our 8-year-old had it really bad, but we gave him herbal tea and he only missed six school days. That’s better than the risk of becoming an autist, don’t you think? This flu season we’re all going to hunker down and drink the tea, and count on our natural immunity.

    And I’ll stay out of those doctor’s offices too! Who needs ’em when you have faith?

    September 29th, 2013 2:47 am Reply
  • Liz

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    September 28th, 2013 10:04 am Reply
    • Janice

      Liz – Did you read the comments?

      September 29th, 2013 3:18 pm Reply
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  • Chris Hickie

    Dr. Larry pretty much schooled you “Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist”. And he’s spot on that if this were a real finding about tylenol and asthma, it would be in a major journal. And as a pediatrician, with an MD and a PhD, I ‘d be happy if someone like you would decide a priori to stay the heck out of my office. After all, if you are so damn much smarter than those of us who studied and trained long and hard to do this for our careers, then why the hell are you even bothering to frequent our offices? Do us both a favor and stay home.
    Chris Hickie, MD, PhD

    September 28th, 2013 1:40 am Reply
    • Rachel

      I so much appreciate the years of training doctors receive and do go to doctors when necessary and use medicine when needed and I have also chosen to use good nutrition and good healthy life habits as well. When we have a very serious illness I do not rely on healthy living and eating alone… that is what I try to use in general to help prevent serious illness whenever possible. It does not always do the job alone… just like a pill on it’s own without healthy life choices will not always do the job alone.

      Sara was obviously very emotionally upset and responded as such… you are proving to be equally emotional on the other side of the fence… Neither proves that one side is more intelligent… Rather it proves that both are human and fallible, but also genuinely concerned.

      We must work together and get through the emotion of all of these issues so we can make the best picture of health for each patient and child. Health studies are a piece of a rather large puzzle… some of them give a better picture of what that end puzzle looks like than others do, as Dr. Larry pointed out by stating some studies that proved that this study, done appropriately, would have concluded real negative side effect concerns with Tylenol use. I have given my children Tylenal and cannot go back and choose Ibuprophen or alternative treatments instead and I will not throw my Pediatrician under the bus for not being God and not realizing there could be side effects that could harm my child. That is his responisibility but it is mine as well.

      Let’s not just throw the puzzle pieces all over the room and walk away.

      September 28th, 2013 11:41 am Reply
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  • Molly

    You forgot to mention that every single child in this study had a mother with asthma. Isn’t that important information considering the genetic link of many diseases and afflictions? This blog post seems to feed on fear. Several crucial points of the study seemed to have not been included in order to increase that fear. I think this is a great dis-service. Sorry if you take offense, but causing parents to stress and possibly feel guilt for giving their child Tylenol without giving them the full scope of the study seems deceptive.

    September 25th, 2013 11:15 am Reply
    • Pareidolius

      This blog and its advice doesn’t even rise to the level of “wrong.”

      September 28th, 2013 12:17 am Reply
  • Josh

    It continues to amaze me that people still use this garbage given all the problems and complications with a person’s health that it creates. I love seeing studies like this performed. I just wish they got more attention; good for you for getting the word out!

    September 25th, 2013 7:39 am Reply
  • Janice

    Have any US based educational institutions researched this?

    September 24th, 2013 5:36 pm Reply
  • cj


    Not sure that this is evidence of a strong causation of asthma and acetaminophen.

    September 24th, 2013 5:16 pm Reply
  • Larry

    Here’s the thing. Not all medical publications are equal, both from a standpoint of looking at the journal published in and the article itself. How do I know? Over a decade as a practicing physician. We routinely pull articles from journals like these to present to our residents and medical students and then spend an evening picking them apart, finding the holes in their results and presentations. It’s the difference between a hard hitting piece from Time magazine or being announced on CNN, and something printed in the National Enquirer.

    The articles cited here aren’t convincing. The methodology is flawed, there’s zero effort to separate out bias, and there’s no direct link made – a link that isn’t possible using this sort of study. It’s like saying that increased ice cream sales cause a spike in shark bites. Do they track together? Yes – they both happen in summer. Is there a direct link? No.

    I would advise caution in using any medication. I would advise even greater caution in the use of unregulated herbs in their place. There is no standardization to know how much of an active ingredient your child is receiving. Google Belladonna toxicity. This isn’t a benign plant. Do your due diligence.

    I’d also advice caution that everyone with a ‘Dr.’ title is not a physician. Again, do your due diligence and look them up. Too often we get people with PhD’s in random fields hanging out their shingles and acting as psychologists on the radio, dispensing advice on mental health when they have no training. Likewise on the internet. Pay attention to what their training is, what their doctorate is in, and what they’re selling. Snake oil salesmen aren’t just in the history books.

    Me? I’m a physician (M.D.), board certified and in active practice, and hold an associate professorship with a prominent medical school. I’m not an allergist, nor a pediatrician. I have zero entanglement with drug companies, vaccine companies, and I don’t sell anything. I’m employed by a hospital, my salary is static, and I’ve got more work than I can handle as is.

    Look, I’m not advocating hitting your kids with Tylenol and Advil every time they say ouch. I’ve got two young boys and they’re constantly getting banged up. We reserve the use of medication for when it’s truly warranted. Not every ear infection needs an antibiotic. Not every fever needs Tylenol. But there’s a reason the mortality rate for kids has dropped like a stone in the last century. There’s a line between being judicious in the use of medications and denying your kids something that will truly help them.

    One of my kids, the oldest, has had asthma for the last two years. His mother has it as well (mold and dog allergen triggered). We know his triggers (colds and dog dander) and we know when to be aggressive in treatment for him with inhaled steriods and albuterol treatments. Our other son, who looks like his twin, doesn’t have asthma. Both have received the same immunizations and medications growing up. Is this proof of no link between the tylenol and asthma? Absolutely not.

    But in detailed readings of the full articles cited here, there’s only the weakest of suggestion of a link. Investigating it requires real study in a prospective fashion and large numbers of participants. And believe me when I say that a study that proves a link isn’t going to be published in obscure journals. It’ll be major headline news in the medical community.

    September 24th, 2013 12:35 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      You’re kidding right? Wow. With all due respect, you’re exactly the type of MD I avoid like the plague. If you said something like this to me and I was sitting in your office, I would get out of my chair and walk out. High IQ, a white coat and a MD degree do not make a smart person.

      September 24th, 2013 4:36 pm Reply
      • Larry

        No I’m not kidding. The articles you cited are weak.
        – One looked at the association between acetaminophen and asthma when taken by the mother when pregnant, as related to specific genetic alleles that the mother carried. That study found no association when the drug was given to the infant.
        – The New Zealand study was basically a survey that asked if the kids had taken tylenol, how often, and did they have asthma. Many of the confidence intervals they reported overlapped 1.0. Confidence intervals represent the reliability of an estimate. Straddling 1 means it isn’t reliable. This article concerns me in that the don’t discuss how they managed selection bias or controlled for environmental factors, family history, etc.
        – The study from the Vancouver group was published in Chest. This journal is a very prominent one, one with strong peer review of articles. This wasn’t a prospective study though, but a meta analysis, where they examined other articles and collated the results. Their results do show a link, but the number of articles they included wasn’t impressive.

        Now, let’s talk about strong articles. I spent some time this evening crawling through the databases.

        This article studied the effect of a single dose of acetaminophen on the airways of children. It was a prospective, placebo controlled, double blinded study. It showed that a single dose caused no change in the respiratory system of children. It was done by a respected hospital and published in a respectable journal. My only concern with this study is the low number of participants, that enrolling that few of patients wouldn’t given statistically significant results.

        This is a big study. Thirty plus centers, over two hundred thousand patients. Their methodology is sound, looking at not only the acetaminophen exposure, but environmental factors, etc as well. It was published in Lancet, a British journal that’s been around a century and a half and has a strong reputation. They found a dose-dependent link between acetaminophen and asthma, eczema, and rhinoconjunctivitis.

        That same article is then referenced in this review article, published in the journal Pediatrics, another well respected publication and written by a pediatric pulmonologist.
        It, and other articles, are cited here in a compelling evidence of dose dependent association between acetaminophen and asthma.

        Here’s another article that is a review of several others with good methodology.
        Again, it’s published in Chest. Very compelling data for a dose dependent increase when given weekly and especially daily. This covers both children and adults.

        This study was performed by the researchers at UNC, here in the states. Again looking at high doses over long periods leading to a relationship with asthma in adults.

        That, Sarah, is how you support an argument. Even these studies have their flaws, but they’re much stronger than the ones you cited. I practice evidence based medicine; since I don’t have the kind of practice that involves giving acetaminophen to kids, it hasn’t been something I’ve delved into until now. But on following your links and reading the associated articles, it was obvious they weren’t a good support for the title of your post here.

        So, will I change how I administer medications to my children? No. Why? Because it takes us forever to get through one little bottle of the stuff. As I said above, we use it very judiciously, maybe monthly, probably less. If there was a need to give an analgesic more frequently, I would rely on ibuprofen.

        Do not take this as advice on what to do with your own children. Do your homework and due diligence in educating yourself. Discuss things with your pediatrician.

        As for the reply and insult… well, you’re welcome to your opinion. You wrote on a topic and seized on articles you could find to support it, without having the years of experience reading and writing these articles to critically appraise what you used as evidence. Not everything published in the medical literature is a quality study and it’s hard to know the difference without knowing the journals and their respective reputations.

        September 24th, 2013 10:28 pm Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          Yes, that’s how you support an argument with no common sense involved whatsoever. You would never get my business! Tunnel visioned MDs who keep prescribing medicines that they fail to discern might be causing lifelong harm until the baseball bat of a randomized trial whacks them in the head are the bane of conventional medicine. Thank God my own Father never practiced medicine like this and I was able to see how he conducted himself with his patients so that I could know how to avoid dangerous MDs with this worldview in my adulthood and spare my children the lifelong negative health effects of being in their care!

          September 24th, 2013 11:37 pm Reply
          • Stoptheovermedication

            Wow Sarah! I’m usually all for the discretion of pills and I typically read and review most of you and other’s articles, but dang! Chalk this one up to being beat. Don’t go all nasty on someone, just because they show a myriad of evidence and peer reviewed studies that go against a questionnaire that you posted. I think Larry has been the MOST middle of the road person that also brought some clarity and understanding on this topic! It’s looking bad when one side is bashing and name calling AND the other side is replying with respect and dignity. I hope to not see that again, because I don’t want to be sharing posts that embarrass me like this again. I appreciate your insight Larry, and I thank you for the time you set aside to contribute to this dialog!

            September 25th, 2013 1:22 am
          • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

            Just being completely honest. One of the big problems with conventional medicine today are doctors that have so intellectualized medicine by being overly left brained that they have lost their humanity with the right side of their brain on complete life support.

            September 25th, 2013 10:26 am
          • Gus

            Sounds like somebody doesn’t know how to respond to evidence…

            September 27th, 2013 10:53 am
        • Molly

          Wow, thank you Larry. It takes courage to go up against these fear-mongering bloggers who have cult-like followings. Thanks for being middle of the road and balanced in your approach to these studies. It does no one any good too dramatize medical studies and only include information that supports one person’s personal view. There needs to be more voices of reason, like yourself, in the world.

          September 25th, 2013 11:48 am Reply
          • Janice

            Sarah, You just lost me as a person interested in your viewpoint with your response here – and this was the first time I saw your blog. You are totally off base and owe Larry an apology. He’s showing how he’d support an argument. How can you possibly disrespect that! Larry, thanks for your effort putting it together.

            September 25th, 2013 12:14 pm
        • TwistBarbie

          Figures that someone who calmly states facts without insults, fear-mongering or knee-jerk responses would be drummed out by the slave-like followers of this blog who prefer to cover their ears and shout “LALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!!” whenever actual science is placed before them, Thanks Larry, your calm and patient response to this article is welcome.

          September 27th, 2013 9:05 pm Reply
      • Pareidolius

        And your degree is in what? Home economics?

        September 28th, 2013 12:11 am Reply
        • Rachel

          I don’t have a degree. I am a Mother and Wife and this comment was not an appropriate expression of disaproval of this blog and this article, pareidolius.

          This has become very emotional and much less factual on both sides because we are people and not robots. Not because a group of us are intelligent and a group of us are idiots. A degree does not make an infallible person any more than a blog or an opportunist in posting comments does.

          September 28th, 2013 11:02 am Reply
  • Natural Momma

    Some people here asked about ways to undo the damage from Tylenol and all other immune system disrupting damage. A good diet (organic fruits/vegetables and grass fed raw milk) is a great place to start. Also lots of natural sunshine and time outdoors is very important. We were not meant to live in these clean little boxes. If all that doesn’t work than I suggest trying parasite therapy (Google it). Basically we were meant to carry a very small parasite load. Only in recent history (indoors, treated water, sterilized food) did we lose our little friends (hygiene hypothesis). A small population of lab grown/cleaned parasites will often calm and distract the immune system. It can reverse or lessen asthma and allergies for most people. It has even shown promise for more serious auto-immune diseases like MS, IBS and Crohn’s disease. Seriously, look it up.

    September 24th, 2013 12:05 pm Reply
  • Paulina

    I knew about the negative effects of tylenol which is strangely enough, the only “safe” pain medication a pregnant woman can take, I then researched and found that ibuprofen has no know negative effects, the only studies available show negative effects when taken with other drugs but no data is available about ibuprofen alone, so I the one time I really needed pain relief while pregnant I took advil, I just cannot understand how tylenol is so widely prescribed, like the author, I’ve never owned a bottle and will never allow it in our family.

    September 24th, 2013 11:23 am Reply
  • Melissa

    @ dr. john,
    what can we do to strengthen other organs? to release from the lungs?

    September 23rd, 2013 10:52 pm Reply
    • Dr. John Foley

      Good question and a difficult one to answer Melissa. Everything we do is highly personalized and tailor-made to the child. For example, if I put 1000 children in a room with asthma…even if their case histories and symptoms are identical to each other, no two children will have ever the same underlying root causes.

      We test for thousands of toxins (specific metals, chemicals, vaccines, pathogens, food toxins, radiation, etc) including exact location in the body and quantity (measured), number of organs that are imbalanced and degree of dysfunction, and more importantly…the exact sequence organs need to be treated in order to “open the lock” for full recovery. A lot more is taken into consideration with each child. Good analogies include unlayering an onion..or entering #’s in the correct order to pop open a combination lock. I may have 80+ different remedies (homeopathy, concentrated phytonutrients, drainage remedies, etc).specific for the kidneys…but I need to find the “one remedy” out of 80 that is going to a perfect energetic match for that particular child. Then the next step in the sequence is revealed and this process is repeated until the whole system is completely balanced and functioning at optimal levels.

      Every organ and gland is a link within the chain. When the priority organs are treated, the secondary and tertiary ones often strengthen up on their own automatically. Since we’re dealing with energy and vibration, care programs are very small and easily to do.

      Another point worth mentioning: I do not “detox” children. No outside force is ever used. When weak organs (esp. liver, kidneys, colon) are now functioning as they were designed to, the body is now fully capable of detoxing itself beautifully as I monitor and measure the decrease in toxic stress over time. It’s all about matching up the exact right nutritional support to specific organs in the correct order in order to optimize self-healing. And, we do this all remotely (or from a distance) with tremendous success.

      September 24th, 2013 8:56 pm Reply
      • Pareidolius

        Define “energy.” How do you measure this? In calories? Kilopascals? Watts?

        September 28th, 2013 12:07 am Reply
  • Dr. John Foley

    Great to see this article Sarah as I frequently see this correlation in my office. It goes without saying that children today are exposed to more toxic stress than ever before. Bio-energetic medicine makes it possible to identify, measure, and target any medication residue, like Tylenol, at the cellular level trapped within specific organs, tissues, and glands.

    It’s evident that the organs of elimination “attempts” to remove this toxic burden on its own..but struggles to do so when the body is already weakened and overwhelmed with toxic congestion from multiple exposures prenatally and after birth (chemicals, metals, radiation, pathogens, etc). Most children today retain more toxins than their young bodies can effectively process and eliminate. As a result, toxins easily back up into the system, becoming trapped within lungs, skin, brain, joints, etc.

    All lung problems are due to compromised digestive and elimination systems that must be addressed first in order to move the needle towards full recovery. Unfortunately, this “congestion” does not show up on blood tests. Once the liver, kidneys, and gut are strengthened energetically, the lungs automatically release their burden downstream. We have seen plenty of children recover 100% from asthma without ever treating their lungs directly. The human body is wonderfully complex and knows exactly how to heal itself :)

    I had a few minutes and figured I would share my perspective with your readers. Thanks again for all you do Sarah. Your blog is saving thousands of lives!

    September 23rd, 2013 4:44 pm Reply
    • Pat in TX

      Oh to pick your brain, Sir. Or just absorb would be ok too:-)

      September 23rd, 2013 7:01 pm Reply
      • Dr. John Foley

        Hi Pat. Left a comment below in case you are interested in hearing more.

        September 24th, 2013 8:59 pm Reply
  • Dorothy PArker

    also, Acetaminophen (tylenol) has the HIGHEST RATE OF ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE of any over the counter medication. The information is staggering and terrifying.

    I would encourage for everyone to listen to the the program that aired today on This American Life, the entire hour is about just this.

    Link to show:

    Ibuprofen is much safer, generally speaking, but Acetaminophen does have it’s place, it’s just vitally important that the instructions are followed exactly.

    September 23rd, 2013 2:40 pm Reply
    • Dorothy PArker

      sorry, not sure if the link will work….

      September 23rd, 2013 2:40 pm Reply
  • Heather

    I do agree that the overuse of tylenol isn’t good at all for our bodies or our children’s but I am curious to know what you would reccommend for a child with febrile seizures? I noticed that belladonna was mentioned for fever control but when you have a child with febrile seizures belladonna is one thing you don’t want to touch as it has been known to cause/trigger seizures.

    September 23rd, 2013 1:47 pm Reply
    • Pat in TX

      I was recently reading about febrile seizures as we had a young friend taken to the nearby Children’s Hospital for that – where they promptly gave her medicines the parents did not want her to have and interfered in all sorts of other areas too. What I read said that low blood sugar causes the seizure, and giving the child some apple juice, along with appropriate fever reducing techniques, might actually stop the seizure from happening. I intend to do more research on that for my family.

      September 23rd, 2013 6:03 pm Reply
      • Lauren

        Low blood sugar does not cause febrile seizures. Low blood sugar causes hypoglycemic seizures. They do not typically occur together. Febrile seizures are encountered in early childhood (ie 6-12mos through ~6yrs) and are benign, generally self-limited and do not predispose to epilepsy. Treatment is supportive. On the other hand, if a child has a blood sugar low enough to cause a seizure, further investigation is warranted. While giving gluocse will help with the hypoglycemic seizures, it doesn’t do anything for febrile seizures.

        September 23rd, 2013 7:40 pm Reply
    • Millie

      Why are you treating for a febrile seizure?

      My son’s very first fever included a febrile seizure, he was in-arms when it started. Called the ND immediately, she reassured me that it was not going to be any sort of big deal. If I wanted to, put him in a tepid bath. He and I took a tepid bath together, lowered his temperature a bit, he was fine. Why treat it with anything?

      September 24th, 2013 2:15 am Reply
      • Pam

        Because some kids stop breathing or barely breathe during seizures. If the seizure is quick and happens only once or twice in a lifetime, it is not too bad and probably does not need treatment, but imagine a febrile seizure lasting for several minutes or more, countless times during the first few years of life. I shouldn’t have to tell you that lack of oxygen to the brain and other organs is a very bad thing. That is why they are treated.

        September 29th, 2013 3:43 am Reply
  • lynn

    Mayan: thanks for responding. Baby Tylenol had a huge recall when I was pregnant and that prompted me to do some research on the main ingredients and found that ibuprofen was somewhat better, but to administer it after they eat- due to being hard on the stomach. After coming across this article I’ve just realized how harsh acetaminophen is with very serious side affects of asthma and causing allergies. It’s not that mainstream about fevers being a ‘good’ thing and letting them run their course. I didn’t really find that out until my daughter had ‘hand, foot and mouth disease’ and consider myself somewhat on the end of the spectrum of being a ‘researcher’ and an ‘informed consumer’. My 20 month old hasn’t had any antibiotics, vaccinations, or any other medication for that matter. For some reason I thought that using a fever reducer at night wasn’t serious, a little benign, and there must be others out there like me that have thought the same thing. So, I’m thankful for this article landing in my inbox and all the other readers (like you) that contribute to informing others and/or sharing experiences.

    September 23rd, 2013 7:57 am Reply
  • Mayan

    It is incorrect that Tylenol is called paracetamol in the UK. Acetaminophen is called paracetamol in the UK. Tylenol is a brand name of acetaminophen.
    Ketchup is known as tomato sauce in Australia. That does not mean that Hunt’s is known as tomato sauce in Australia.

    September 23rd, 2013 3:48 am Reply
    • Andrew

      This is true Mayan, but nobody (very few people) refers to it as acetaminophen in America. Generally all acetaminophen is referred to as Tylenol regardless of what brand it actually is.

      September 24th, 2013 10:35 pm Reply
  • Georgia

    Did this study take into account how many kids had asthma to begin with or the history of asthma in the family. Also, there is so much “junk” in the air and our food and water that that could be the reason for the increase in asthma. To say it is because of tylenol is a little out there. I don’t think this test had a very good control to start with. To ask parents years later if their kid had tylenol and how much is ridiculous. I don’t keep up with that and doubt most parents do. I think more research is definitely needed.

    September 23rd, 2013 3:19 am Reply
  • eleanor

    put these two comments side by side-

    The study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, also found that children who had even a single dose of Tylenol before their first birthday had a 60% risk of developing asthma. and

    The vast majority of babies are given Tylenol (acetaminophen) within the first six months of life

    suggest you should see 60% or more of kids having asthma. I personally do not know that many kids with asthma.

    The study was conducted by asking parents up to 13 years later how frequent they gave their children tylenol has babies. Antidote research is not considered very accurate memories are faulty. I could not tell you which of my children had tylenol before 6 mnths without guessing.

    September 23rd, 2013 12:38 am Reply
  • lynn

    Sarah or anyone else know if ibuprofen is any better then tylenol? I know that it’s still a medication that is far from homeopathic, but does not have the acetaminophen in it. I’m just curious as I’m now realizing how much this can cause long term side affects. My toddler was given ibuprofen at 9 months of age and off and on from there whenever she got a cold. She would wake up every hour on the hour and I wanted her to be able to sleep to fight the cold, as sleep (from what I understand) is imperative. So, I only administered it before she went to bed; however not during the day as I didn’t want her to feel better and start bouncing off the walls and essentially use energy up while she was sick. She is 20 months olds and doesn’t show any signs of allergies/asthma, so I’m wanted to know if tylenol is worse because of their main ingredient, which is listed in this article or if there just hasn’t been any similar studies done on other fever reduce.

    September 22nd, 2013 11:23 pm Reply
    • Mayan

      Please see my response to Greg for an idea of how these medications negatively affect a sick child (this applies to ibuprofen as well). Although ibuprofen does not contain acetaminophen, it may actually be worse (depending on your child’s predispositions). Ibuprofen blocks immune function and thins the blood. It is also very harsh on the stomach. Unless the fever is dangerously high, it should not be lowered (naturally or artificially). Of course, if the fever is dangerously high, an ER visit is probably the best idea.

      September 23rd, 2013 3:40 am Reply
  • Morgan

    What about the children/persons that take tylenol and do not develop asthma?

    September 22nd, 2013 9:45 pm Reply
    • Mayan

      Every individual is different. Each of us have a different set of strengths and weaknesses. Tylenol interferes with several different biochemical, physiological and neurological pathways. As Sarah pointed out, it also interferes with the respiratory system. The kids who get asthma from Tylenol might already have predisposition to respiratory issues (due to their own unique set of weaknesses), which the Tylenol exacerbates.

      September 23rd, 2013 3:34 am Reply
  • Pat in TX

    I realize there are all sorts of different situations, and all sorts of personalities – believe me, I have raised many of them with my large family! But I have never had a child scream incessantly when they were sick, and we do not use pain relievers. We have had exceptionally healthy children, partly due to not using church nurseries and homeschooling, but even we have experienced a round of strep throat, chicken pox, and influenza. The strep throat came just days after our house burned and was the hardest illness I can recall us having to deal with.

    Personally I believe there is something to be said for cultivating a quiet spirit in children. Teaching them to rest and relax when they hurt. Subdued lighting. Comforting baths. Compresses. Comfort foods and beverages (healthy only, of course:-) I will even take it a step further and say that children who are well-disciplined when healthy will be less uncomfortable when sick, and more able to cope. Those are things I have used successfully with my children, and I now see the older children passing those techniques on to their children.

    September 22nd, 2013 8:43 pm Reply
    • Pareidolius

      Let’s hope you dealt with strep with antibiotics, because if you didn’t, heart valve damage is a real possibility.

      September 28th, 2013 12:01 am Reply
  • Mike

    If someone else said this, I’m sorry for repeating… I unfortunately didn’t have time to read all the comments…

    Couldn’t tylenol use just be linked to those autoimmune diseases or asthma just because parents are more likely to give Tylenol to kids who are sick often? poor nutrition… weak immunity… not enough fat more likely to get sick often and/or have asthma… and so tylenol is given? so not that tylenol causes it, but if they’re unhealthy kids in general they’re likely to be given tylenol and healthy kids aren’t… and not likely to develop those diseases either…

    September 22nd, 2013 8:11 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      This is discussed in the article and the researchers said that the inverse causation you suggest is not likely as other autoimmune disorders like eczema and allergies also increase the more frequently Tylenol is used.

      September 22nd, 2013 8:18 pm Reply
      • Greg

        The fact that other illnesses are also correlated supports the sick kid theory. Kids who are sick tend to have many illnesses, and tend to take Tylenol.

        September 23rd, 2013 3:53 am Reply
      • Kay

        It’s cute how you actually think you know what you’re talking about.

        September 23rd, 2013 7:32 am Reply
        • Pareidolius

          Actually, it’s scary. She’s doling out medical advice to people with genuinely sick children. Magic water will not help your child.

          September 27th, 2013 11:59 pm Reply
          • Mayan

            Your comment seems to contradict itself, Pareidolius. On one hand you make is seem like you are pro-drugs, but on the other hand you say that “magic water will not help your child”. Since all Tylenol really is is just magic water, I don’t really understand which side you’re on.

            October 3rd, 2013 6:53 pm
  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    A headache is easily remedied with a weak cup or organic green tea (the caffeine dilates the blood vessels in the head). A warm hot water bottle on an achy ear has always worked well for my kids. Colloidal silver in an achy ear frequently gives quick relief too. Slippery elm tincture for tummy aches. I’ve not ever used tylenol for pain ever in 15 years. It can be done. Mothers did it for thousands of years. Here are fever remedies from Dr. Cowan MD: http://www.westonaprice.org/ask-the-doctor/fevers-in-children

    September 22nd, 2013 8:00 pm Reply
  • Lynn T

    How about remedies for those of us who choose NOT to use homeopathy for religious reasons? Are there any natural pain killers or those that aren’t as bad? Sometimes I’m amazed at the people who say not to use Tylenol and such, and then run to their homeopathic medicines like there’s no other choice…. I want just plain, good, honest herbs or remedies. Thanks!

    September 22nd, 2013 6:35 pm Reply
    • Rachel

      White Willow Bark… takes a touch longer to kick in but has longer lasting results without the nasty side effects of Tylenol. (I am not a doctor nor an herbalist so please research it before you decide to use it 😉

      September 22nd, 2013 7:15 pm Reply
      • E

        White willow bark can cause Reye’s syndrome, which can easily cause massive brain/liver damage and kill a child. Neither aspirin nor white willow bark, which are both salicylates, shouldn’t be given to babies or toddlers (or even children under the age of 16).

        September 23rd, 2013 5:07 pm Reply
    • Greg

      There is nothing like heavy lifting followed up with really spicy food to stimulate endorphins. I’ve always found a bite of Habanero to be better than any pain killer.

      September 23rd, 2013 3:50 am Reply
      • Erica

        We use Essential oils, the bible says to use the fruit of the tree for food and the leaves for medicine. Using essential oils is mentioned a lot in the bible if you take time to break down the meanings and what is meant by words like ointments…which are actually 83% essential oils. If you are more interested I teach a class called the Healing Oils of the bible via Webinar, just send me a message if you are interested.

        September 23rd, 2013 10:02 am Reply
    • B

      Lynn, see the comment just above about the book called Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care.

      September 23rd, 2013 12:18 pm Reply
    • Sara

      Just curious – what religious reasons are there not to use homeopathy?

      September 23rd, 2013 1:54 pm Reply
  • Anita


    Can you please write an article about how to manage pain relief with your sick child. I understand the “fever is our friend” argument, but when my child has been screaming on and off for one week with the pain of a middle ear infection, despite homeopathic remedies, herbal tinctures, essential oils and homemade chicken soup what is one to do? My 2 year old just got Hand, Foot, Mouth disease and was screaming “owie, owie” non-stop for 3 hours before I caved in and gave him some tylenol. Both of these instances were the second time we gave them the pain relief medicine, but I didn’t know what else to do. When your child is screaming and crying in pain for extended periods of time, what is one to do? Also, is there any action that can be taken afterwards to help “detox” or eliminate the harmful components of the tylenol? It is so hard to be a mama sometimes! We cook all of our meals from scratch and feed our family a nourishing traditions diet with all the NT super foods, but this is not enough go keep sickness and pain at bay. Again, I understand the benefits and purpose of a fever but it is absolutely heart-wrenching for me to see my child in such severe pain that they are crying non-stop. I birthed my second two children at home without any pain medication, but I did not hesitate to take tylenol myself after I had a bulging disc…way more painful than birth and not manageable. Do you know of any options for pain relief that are as effective as tylenol? I would love to find an alternative.

    September 22nd, 2013 3:10 pm Reply
    • B

      I hear your frustration and I imagine you will receive some thoughtful, helpful suggestions. Here’s a short list of homeopathic suggestions from one of Joette Calabrese’s newsletters which may be useful:

      Rhus tox instead of Tylenol for chicken pox
      Belladonna instead of acetaminophen for fevers over 104°
      Hypericum instead of Vicodin for dental work
      Chamomilla or Belladonna instead of codeine for ear infections
      Belladonna instead of Amoxicillin for strep throat
      Arnica instead of Ibuprofen for strains, sprains and injuries in general
      Coffea instead of Lunesta for insomnia
      Aurum instead of Zoloft for mild depression
      Staphasagria or Cantharis instead of antibiotics for UTIs
      Nux vomica or Arsenicum album instead of Imodium or Xifaxin for diarrhea

      September 22nd, 2013 3:52 pm Reply
      • Aimee

        Joette also offers products and courses, one specifically titled “How to Raise a Drug Free Family”. She provides detail about how much and when to adminsiter remedies. Not only can they be used for family, but even pets and animals too. Since signing up for this course last year, I have not used one drop of Tylenol or antibitoics for my family, this knowledge is POWER!! :-) Here is her website http://joettecalabrese.com/

        September 22nd, 2013 4:43 pm Reply
      • B

        You will also find a lot of helpful wisdom compiled in the new book called Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care, by Sally Fallon Morell and Thomas Cowan, MD, in particular the chapters on Childhood Illnesses, Strategies for Infectious Disease, Ear Nose & Throat, Remedies for the Illnesses of Childhood, and the appendix with Therapy Instructions.

        September 23rd, 2013 12:15 pm Reply
      • AnEconomist

        Because chemicals that occur in nature aren’t “drugs”…!?

        September 23rd, 2013 10:59 pm Reply
        • Honest Bob

          Belladonna? Seriously? You think giving kids Deadly Nightshade is better then Tylenol?

          January 13th, 2014 7:35 pm Reply
          • Kim

            I’ve wondered about this one too. So many people recommend Hylands Teething tablets that have Belladonna in them, even though awhile back they had to PULL those tablets off the market because “somehow” they had too much Belladonna in them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of Tylonol either, but there HAS to be a better option than Belladonna.

            January 23rd, 2014 3:55 pm
  • Greg

    Wouldn’t you agree that kids who take Tylenol are probably sick kids? And if a kid is sick all the time, they’ll probably take more Tylenol. This looks like a classic correlation isn’t causation study. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t use Tylenol because of the potential extremely serious toxic side effects, and asthma may well be one of them, but saying kids who tend to get sick more often and who’s parents aren’t particularly careful about what they give their kids medicine wise are five times more likely to have asthma isn’t a shocker.

    September 22nd, 2013 3:02 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      If you read the article you will see that the authors of this study said that what you are suggesting is highly unlikely. Reverse causation is not the issue here. I am quite frankly concerned when folks say “correlation isn’t causation” to important research like this. What it suggests is that correlation is useless and that is simply NOT the case. If correlation was unimportant or should be ignored until randomized trials are conducted, researchers wouldn’t bother doing this type of study in the first place. This type of thinking is an excuse for people to not change their habits and continue to sit on their hands. Smart parents are able to see the writing on the wall and take action before the obvious truth hits them smack in the face. Children grow up too fast and by the time a parent waits for a randomized trial to be announced on the evening news to change their behavior, their child has already been harmed.

      September 22nd, 2013 4:56 pm Reply
      • Greg

        If we are to remain unbiased, we can not give too much weight to this study. It isn’t a ‘major study’, it was a questionnaire. There is a possibility that acetaminophen causes asthma, but this was not a clinical trial, so we can not make that claim.

        There are lots of good studies out there showing acetaminophen to be highly toxic, linked to liver failure, kidney failure, cancer and immune suppression. Those studies should have been reason enough to not give it to your kids.

        September 23rd, 2013 4:09 am Reply
        • AnEconomist

          Thank you Greg! I don’t know why she feels the need to pull this totally fake “trump” card out to prove that overuse of NSAIDS is bad.

          Use the real data on Tylenol and it’s real risks; not a fabrication and over-selling of results that the scientists don’t understand.

          So many children die from the over-dosage of acetaminophen! I don’t get why this article is getting action, and it irks me to no end! It’s the same type of junk that we see in the anti-vaccine religion that’s going round.

          September 23rd, 2013 10:57 pm Reply
      • AnEconomist

        To imply that there is a causal impact of 540% is worse! Talk about a fallacious use of data and choosing which numbers to report to FORCE a point.

        Overuse of any NSAID at any age is bad, but to say that a “meta study” whose conclusion is that the odds-ratio of having asthma or wheezing (which is a COMPLETELY correlative statistic) is a bit higher (and we’re talking BARELY higher) within a group using NSAIDs is bad science. The conclusion in the only real source you cite (from pubmed) is that the results would be consistent with higher risk of asthma, but that further study is needed. Which means: they don’t know, and you shouldn’t claim to.

        If you want to urge people not to over medicate, then just write something to that effect, but spurring fear isn’t legit, and it makes me sad to see this with a claim that it’s written by an economist.

        I don’t know ANY health-economist out there that’d support this piece.

        September 23rd, 2013 10:53 pm Reply
        • Some Dude

          Also, if you actually look at the abstracts linked to, they don’t even say what she is claiming in this post…

          September 23rd, 2013 11:36 pm Reply
      • Monica

        Also, this is a reverse study which doesn’t hold very much weight compared to randomized blind trials. It was a survey that was conducted to ask parents if their kids had asthma and if they did, they asked them how many times in the past year or as babies they gave them tylenol. It is very hard to recall back how often you gave something to a child accurately.

        September 24th, 2013 1:25 pm Reply
    • Nancy Gruner

      I know I am just one case, but I have three boys, two of them on raw milk their whole lives after 18 months of breastmilk, they have all been sick with colds, fevers, my oldest with severe headaches, some seasonal allergy that they all seem to have outgrown by 5-7 years but none have asthma and we have never treated pain or fever with Tylenol or medications, only hot showers, rest and herbs and vitamins. And when I say sick, I mean a cold, or flu or something every 2-3 weeks their first years of school.

      September 22nd, 2013 5:42 pm Reply
    • Mayan

      Not really. When you say “sick”, what do you mean? Tylenol is a pain reliever and fever reducer – not a sick reliever. Both pain and fever are symptoms, not problems. Tylenol does not fix the problem, it exacerbates it. Fever is a natural process of the body when there’s an infection present. The increased temperature not only provides a hostile environment for bacteria, it also prevents them from reproducing. Additionally it boosts immune function by increasing the rate of white blood cell production, and making interferon more effective. By reducing a fever, the body’s natural fighting mechanisms are greatly reduced, making it more difficult to fight an infection. It’s like taking away ammunition from your army and handing it over to the enemy!

      All kids get sick. It’s a part of life. It is the kids that are loaded with medication that tend to get sick more often – meaning, it’s the Tylenol that’s allowing sick kids to get sicker. Kind of the opposite of what you’re suggesting.

      September 23rd, 2013 3:28 am Reply
      • Emily

        This is a correlational study, they gave a questionnaire to parents. They did not physically test to see if in fact they Tylenol was the cause of asthma. If a child’s temperature gets to high they could potentially die. I personally follow my doctor’s advice and until there is a study that is done that physically tests to see if Tylenol is a factor in kids having more health problems and my doctor advises parents to not use it I will continue to use Tylenol. I have given my sons both Tylenol when needed for pain and fever and neither have problems. This study to me is like the one that said vaccines cause autism. Their is no hard evidence that links Tylenol to asthma. A questionnaire is not enough evidence. I for one am not about to risk my sons life based on some bogus correlational study that’s method of study was some stupid questionnaire. When my doctor and the CDC have physical proof that it causes that then yes I will consider changing my opinion on this subject. However, to each their own; everyone is entitled to their opinion on what way is best to raise their child. Although, from the way this article reads this study had some major flaws.

        September 23rd, 2013 11:21 pm Reply
        • Mayan

          I completely agree with you. This article does not actually prove anything, and in my opinion is an embarrassment. As a health advocate, I am constantly disappointed and upset by articles written by Sarah, as they are amateurish and filled with statements that have no backing. It seems she has her own agenda, and health isn’t it. She really sends the wrong message.

          That aside though, I think you should consider researching things before giving them to your kids. Tylenol may or may not cause asthma, but it is far from being healthy. Although medical doctors save lives, a lot of the training in medical schools is based on information from the pharmaceutical companies. Meaning, the information doctors give you about drugs, including the drug’s effectiveness and safety is biased and skewed. Unfortunately, the doctors don’t even know that! It’s like going to a auto mechanic who not only fixes cars, but also sells things. He “prescribes” things for your car (sells them) to make some extra money. It is not in not in his best interest, nor is it the best use of his time to perform studies on these “prescriptions”. He may be a great mechanic and may do an excellent job on your car, but that doesn’t mean the products he vends are trustworthy. So, blindly trusting prescriptions without further research (check for real sources), is really like trusting anything else any other sales person will tell you about his/her product. It’s just kinda silly.

          Also consider that the studies you will more easily find are studies funded by pharmaceutical companies. These companies do many different studies before getting the results they want, then they only release those studies that “prove” what they are trying to prove. So instead of relying on drug sales representative (doctors), try thinking for yourself.

          As I mentioned before, fever is a natural process of the body when there’s an infection present. The increased temperature not only provides a hostile environment for bacteria, it also prevents them from reproducing. Additionally, it boosts immune function by increasing the rate of white blood cell production, and making interferon more effective. By reducing a fever, the body’s natural fighting mechanisms are greatly reduced, making it more difficult to fight an infection. It’s like taking away ammunition from your army and handing it over to the enemy! In addition to that, Tylenol (especially the kid’s formula) is more than just acetaminophen (the active ingredient). It contains many other chemicals that are toxic – such as artificial sweeteners, flavors and dyes.

          If your child’s fever is high enough to be considered dangerous, then there’s something a lot more serious on than just a simple infection. Tylenol won’t help you with that. Take your child to the emergency room ASAP!

          September 24th, 2013 8:34 am Reply
          • Jessica

            I would be interested in seeing the questionnaire used. Did the researchers ask the parents about all remedies used and found heavy acetaminophen use or were the parents only asked about acetaminophen use? How many parents surveyed never used acetaminophen yet have children with asthma? These seem like reasonable questions to ask before publishing a study, especially when trying to convince people that all medicine is toxic.

            September 25th, 2013 10:57 am
  • Parrish Smith

    My daughter had severe asthma starting on her second birthday. We even had to have an overnight in the hospital one night. Once we started drinking raw milk, her asthma has completely gone away. There is hope!:O)

    September 22nd, 2013 1:03 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    How many parents have given their children the double whammy of a vaccination followed by Tylenol to offer “relief,” and what kind of damage has been done to millions this way?

    September 22nd, 2013 11:56 am Reply
    • Vicky

      I did. Both before I knew any better and here I am trying to pick up the pieces and figure out how to keep her healthy. FCLO and raw milk have been life savers but they are not a cure all. I do wonder if a glutathione supplement would be helpful after reading this.

      September 22nd, 2013 1:15 pm Reply
    • elly

      exactly Jennifer. We were/are told to give them some Tylenol 1/2 hr. prior to getting the shots to help them feel less pain. I’ve since read that by doing the Tylenol within that window of time also makes the vaccine nearly ineffective…so total waste of everything.

      September 22nd, 2013 4:35 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Canzoneri

    Sarah, I can not get raw milk in my area but I saw an ad for frozen Camel’s milk in the Wise Traditions. Would that still have it’s nutritional value coming to me frozen or raw cow’s milk for that matter if I could get that frozen and shipped as well?

    September 22nd, 2013 11:38 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I shipped in frozen raw dairy for years before I was able to get access to it locally. Very little nutritional value is lost when raw dairy is frozen.

      September 22nd, 2013 6:53 pm Reply
      • Amanda Schmidt

        I know more about freezing human milk than raw cow’s milk, but I’m assuming the effect is similar: regarding human milk, the nutritional value is not affected substantially by freezing, but the immunological benefits are drastically reduced. And I assume that’s what you’re going for, by using raw cow’s milk. Thought you should know.

        September 28th, 2013 3:16 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    Have there been any studies on how to reverse the affects of Tylenol use? My daughter was given Tylenol as an infant (we didn’t know better at the time) and has asthma and allergies. She won’t drink raw milk unless it’s chocolate :) People are always so surprised that she has these issues since she was breast fed until 2.5 yrs and is not vax’d.

    Luckily my doctor told me to stop using Tylenol awhile back and we try to avoid Advil unless absolutely necessary.

    September 22nd, 2013 10:34 am Reply
    • cl

      Chocolate milk with chocolate flavored stevia is delicious!

      September 22nd, 2013 11:23 am Reply
    • Shaniqua

      Chocolatize the half gallon bottle as soon as you get it? Use quality chocolate. It has iron, magnesium and potassium.

      September 22nd, 2013 12:33 pm Reply
      • Erica

        Young Living Essential oils work at a cellular level and can change DNA and restore it back to what is correct, so scientifically it should be able to correct genetic diseases as well as other issues from nutritional and tissue and toxin damage. Oils have 3 main properties. Some are high in phenolpropanoids which cleanse receptor sites, Sesquiterpens which delete the bad programing in the cells and then Monoterpens which restore the cell to proper health.

        My husband has been a huge allergy and asthma sufferer his whole life and he’s been off inhalers and anti-histamines after using oils. Send me a message on my website if you have any questions!

        September 23rd, 2013 9:55 am Reply
        • Lisa

          Wow. I’m amazed at the comments on this as it’s news to me. My 10 year old has had asthma for years, has many allergies and this year was given an epipen for nuts as well as being diagnosed coeliac. He also developed an autoimmune disorder last year which causes inflammation behind his eyes/ cataracts which the doctors now agree is allergy related. I shudder at the thought of all the calpol (paracetamol) we gave him as a baby. I can see the connection now. However, he’s also got a dairy allergy so I’m wondering if anyone knows what might help ?

          September 25th, 2013 4:44 pm Reply
          • Dr James

            I’m sorry to hear about your son. I would suggest finding a children’s chiropractor who can check for interference in his nervous system (controls the immune system) that may have built up with chemical, emotional and physical stress. A Naturopath should also be able to help with. All the best!

            September 26th, 2013 1:23 pm
          • Lisa2

            Research essential oils on google. Don’t be taken in by the Young Living pyramid scheme hype, though.There’s other good quality (possibly even better quality) oils out there that aren’t nearly as expensive. I like Native American Nutritionals, personally. Just be careful about what carrier oil a company uses for their oils; some blends are in nut oils. Unless it says what the carrier is, it might be safer to buy single oils & make your own blends with a carrier safe for your child.

            This is just the first link I found for essential oils & asthma http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/aromatherapy/how-to-treat-asthma-with-aromatherapy.htm

            September 26th, 2013 6:14 pm
          • Lisa

            Thank you. I’ll check out the sites and a chiropractor. I do see a naturopath and we’ve kept him off methotrexate injections for his eyes through natural means. Im also studying nutrition from a naturopathic perspective and studying NAET. I’m interested in the natural oils you mention now. Thanks again for replying and the information :)

            September 27th, 2013 12:15 pm
  • Rebecca C

    Thank heaven for raw milk!

    September 22nd, 2013 4:33 am Reply

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