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March (2) 2011
News & Views

Beware of Calpol
There can be few parents who have not given their children Calpol for fevers, teething, pain, insomnia etc. However recent research suggests that far from being a safe blanket cure-all its use should be approached with great care and selectivity.

Here's What Calpol Contains
Calpol is a brand of Paracetamol syrup which in addition to the named analgesic contains many other chemicals and derivatives some of which are banned in other Western countries. I'm sure that if people were more aware of the full extent of other potentially harmful ingredients in Calpol they would be far less conducive to using it on their offspring. Here's the full list:-
Carmoisine or pink colouring (E122 - suspected carcinogen, banned in Austria, Japan, Norway, Sweden & the US)
Maltitol (a mild laxative)
Gylcerol (E422 - large quantities can cause headaches, thirst & nausea)
Sorbitol (E420 - large quantities can cause stomach upset)
Methyl parahydroxybenzoate, a preservative or paraben (E218 - suspected hormone disrupter and allergen)
Propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216  - suspected hormone disrupter & allergen)
Ethyl parahydroxybenzoate (E214 - suspected hormone disrupter, banned in France & Australia)
Xanthan Gum , a thickener (E415 - no known adverse effects)
E122 & E218 have been identified by the Hyperactive Support Group as likely causes of sudden cases of AFHD-like hyper-activity.

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Here's What Research Says
In Adults
Those taking Calpol at least twice a week were shown to have an increased risk of  mild to severe deafness before the age of 50 years. (Am J Med Mar 2010)

In Children
With allergies/ asthma
Studies showed  "Paracetamol used both in the first year of life and in older children was associated with an increased risk of symptoms of rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema." Researchers also commented that the universal rise in asthma may be related to the increased use of paracetamol. (Lancet 2008 Issue 372)

With Fever following Vaccination
Another report revealed that the giving of an analgesic to reduce fever could make things worse because suppression of a fever is counter to the immune system's natural response of raising body temperature in order to destroy the threat introduced by vaccination. The net result of a lowered immune response is to leave the child more vulnerable to opportunistic invaders which usually manifest in endless cold, coughs, sinus and respiratory infections. (Lancet 2009)

With any Mild/ Moderate Fever
"Trial evidence that paracetamol has a superior antipyretic (fever) effect over placebo is inconclusive. Evidence suggests that there is no difference between the antipyretic effect of paracetamol and physical methods." So in other words mild to moderate fever can be controlled with a sponge without the resort to medication. (Dpet of Pediatrics. Cross River State University 2009)

Another up to the minute report also recommends that medicating for mild to moderate fever is unnecessary saying that a raised temperature is nature's way of fighting infection. Doctors in the States now say that paracetamol should not be given in such circumstances. (US Academy of Pediatrics 2011)

Fever Definitions
Mild fever over 37 to below 38C
Moderate fever 38 to 39C
High fever over 39C

Do not administer Calpol to children with allergies/ asthma
Do not administer Calpol to children whose parents have suffered from allergies/ asthma
Do not administer Calpol for mild to moderate fever control
Do not administer Calpol following vaccination.

Homeopathy to the Rescue
For the concerned parent who has read the foregoing don't worry. There are a whole array of natural, safe, free-from-side-effects, additive free, gentle and inexpensive Homeopathic remedies suitable or the new born, infant and child alike.

For further information in order to make a fully informed choice contact
(Alternatively pass this to any friend or colleague who could benefit from the information)


Dr. Peter Darashah

Ph.D.,M.Sc (Lond), B.Sc., DIHom (Pract), FBIH, MARH

Nutrition Consultant & Homeopathic Physician

Tel: +353 (0)87 2621943

Consultations held at:-
The Natural Health Centre, 34 Princes Str., Cork.


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