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.  


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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