Study links antacids in pregnancy to asthma in kids

Certain drugs can block this acid reflux, and have long been thought not to affect the development of the baby.  

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What you need to know:

  • To dig deeper, scientists from Edinburgh and Finland reviewed eight previous studies involving more than 1.3 million children, drawing on healthcare registries and prescription databases.
  • They found that children born of mothers taking antacids were at least a third more likely to have visited a doctor for asthma symptoms.
  • Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It frequently starts in childhood.

Children of women who take heartburn medicine during pregnancy are a third more likely to develop asthma, according to a study published Monday.

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