Is Calpol causing asthma?
There is research that indicates use of Calpol (paracetamol) is significantly related to much higher rates of asthma in children*1.
The Dangers of Fevers?
Fever has its uses. The body creates a higher set point to raise the temperature until it reaches a temperature that can kill invading microbes. The NHS advise “If your child isn’t distressed by the fever or underlying illness, there’s no need to use antipyretics to reduce a fever.” and “Sponging your child with cool water isn’t recommended to reduce a fever.”
I’ve always used homeopathic remedies for fever. Fevers are a sign of an activated immune system. You can find homeopathic pharmacies such as Helios online. They will advise on the right remedy and send it the next day. It’s a great idea to have a first aid kit if you are going to use homeopathic first aid alternatives. Again, the pharmacies can advise on that. (* be sure to use NHS or other services to check for conditions that require immediate emergency supervision at A&E or ER).
If you need information in the middle of the night you can refer to my fever chart for remedy suggestions (unless you are a current patient of mine … then you can make night calls in urgent cases). Find the remedy that fits as closely as possible and give in 200c potency if you can get it, a couple of times 20 mins apart. If you see improvement stop immediately. If you only have 30c, repeat the dose more times, with 20 minute intervals.
- if nothing seems to fit or work, try ferrum phos.
*1. If you google ‘calpol & asthma’ you’ll get that there is some research out there which shows a correlation and they are not sure yet whether calpol causes higher rates of asthma or whether there is another kind of non-causal relationship between calpol and asthma.