Children aged six and seven who had paracetamol at least once a month were at three times the risk of having asthma than those who were never given it.

Babies who were given the drug under the age of one were more likely to have asthma at six or seven but the greatest risk was amongst those who were receiving high doses, defined as once a month for 12 months.

The painkiller should only be used for children with have a high fever and not as a comforter, experts warned.

There was also an increased risk of eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis - runny nose and itchy watery eyes - in children who received paracetamol, the study in The Lancet of more than 200,000 children in 31 countries found.

Earlier this week another study found taking paracetamol once a week increased the risk of asthma in adults three-fold.

Well it's not as if we didn't know that routine drug use is bad, but boy did I love calpol