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Heartburn medications linked to childhood asthma risk
Women who take heartburn medication during pregnancy may be putting their babies at a greater risk of developing asthma, new research has found.
Researchers have found a link between pregnant mothers taking antacids and asthma symptoms in children. Children of women who take heartburn medicine during pregnancy are a third more likely to develop asthma, according to a study published Monday.
Scientists from Edinburgh and Finland reviewed eight previous studies involving more than 1.3 million children, drawing on healthcare registries and prescription databases.
Babies whose moms used acid reflux drugs more likely to have asthma
They found that children whose mothers were prescribed drugs to deal with acid reflux in pregnancy were more likely to be treated for asthma in childhood.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It frequently starts in childhood, and symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing.
Acid reflux is very common in pregnant women due to hormonal changes and pressure on the stomach from the developing fetus, especially during the second and third trimesters.
Pregnant women using acid-blocking drugs increased risk
Heartburn is caused when stomach acid leaks into the esophagus – the tube that connects the stomach to the throat. Drugs called H2-receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors can help to block the acid reflux. They’ve been considered safe to use because they do not affect the development of the baby.
But now, researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that children born to mothers who had been acid-blocking drugs during pregnancy were at least a third more likely to have visited a doctor for symptoms of asthma.
Researchers, however, could not rule out that the association was caused by a separate factor, so they’ve advised expectant mothers to continue taking the medication they need under the guidance of a doctor or nurse.
A new study has put a potential link to using a common over-the-counter medication with babies developing asthma.