PIPPA the bear is the mascot for the PIPPA Tamariki study. She leads a team of doctors, nurses, and midwives, who are recruiting infants around New Zealand to help follow out a lead on a potential cause of high asthma rates in kiwi kids.
Febrile illnesses like viral coughs and colds increase the risk of developing asthma. The use of fever medicines may increase asthma risk but this is not known for sure. We are trying to find out if use of Paracetamol or Ibuprofen changes the risk of asthma.
To help crack the case PIPPA’s team are recruiting new babies in Wellington, Auckland, and Middlemore hospitals in New Zealand. Infants are randomly assigned to receive either Paracetamol OR Ibuprofen if, and when, it is needed. This means that if their baby (and any other children in the home) need medicine for pain or fever, they will get free prescriptions for the medicine they are assigned to. Parents/caregivers answer a short survey every few months for the first year of their babies life, then twice more when their child is 3, and 6 years old. There are no tests or hospital visits needed.
Parents/caregivers get regular contact with PIPPA’s research team, including doctors and nurses during their babies first year. The findings of PIPPA Tamariki will be relevant to all kids, parents, caregivers, and health professionals who care for children in New Zealand, and the rest of the world, making it an exciting opportunity to help!
We have just opened up two new sites at Auckland and Middlemore hospitals, and recruited 145 new kiwi babies into PIPPA’s team so far. If you are interested to find out more or take part; get in touch with your local branch of PIPPA’s team at: