Heartburn medication linked to asthma in children

New research has suggested that children born to mothers who take heartburn medication during pregnancy could face a greater risk of asthma.

A review of studies performed by researchers at the UK’s University of Edinburgh found that children whose mothers were prescribed medicines to treat acid reflux during pregnancy were more likely to be treated for asthma in childhood.

However, experts have emphasised that the potential link - which came to light by reviewing studies that had examined health records - is not conclusive. They have said that the association could be caused by a separate, linked factor and that further research is necessary to establish whether the medicines have any link to asthma in children.

Professor Aziz Sheik, co-director of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research at the University of Edinburgh, explained: “Our study reports an association between the onset of asthma in children and their mothers’ use of acid-suppressing medication during pregnancy.

“It is important to stress that this association does not prove that the medicines caused asthma in these children and further research is needed to better understand this link.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801830854-ADNFCR