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Dear Whānau,

We hope you are staying safe and well.

PIPPA T have a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), including information on the latest evidence on paracetamol and ibuprofen and COVID-19:


We want to highlight one particular answer:

Is ibuprofen safe to use in children with COVID-19?

The evidence surrounding ibuprofen use in coronavirus infection in children has been formally reviewed by an independent Safety Committee of the PIPPA Tamariki study, health authorities in England, the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agency. All have stated that there is no evidence to support the suggestion that ibuprofen makes coronavirus infection in children worse.


All have stated that ibuprofen can be used if required for symptoms of coronavirus. The PIPPA Tamariki study investigators have also reviewed the evidence and agree that ibuprofen is safe to use in coronavirus infection.


We will be contacting each family by phone over the next few weeks to clarify everything and to answer any further questions you may have. If you have any concerns please feel free to contact your local PIPPA Tamariki team.


Thank you very much for your continued support of the PIPPA Tamariki study. We hope you and your family remain well as New Zealand begins to open up.


Ngā mihi,

The PIPPA Tamariki team

Meri Kirihimete Merry Christmas

From our whānau to yours: Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

We would like to thank all our volunteers for being a part of the PIPPA Tamariki study in 2019. Thanks to your support, we have 1,300 tamariki involved so far helping “crack the case” on the causes of asthma. That takes us one-third of the way to our goal of 3,922! If you have any friends or family expecting a new arrival, letting them know about the study would be a big help. (Interested people can register their interest here:

We are wishing you a safe, restful holiday period, and all the very best for 2020!

We just hit a massive milestone of 1000 participants recruited! Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers taking part in this landmark study to help us understand the causes of asthma in our Tamariki, and find new ways to fight it!

Here’s to the next 1000!

500 Tamariki have joined PIPPA bear to fight asthma!

The PIPPA Tamariki study has hit a new milestone of 500 participants recruited!

Thank you from PIPPA bear and her team at Wellington, Auckland, and Middlemore hospitals.
This study could change the advice given to all doctors and parents about using pain and fever medicines for children, and help reduce the occurrence of asthma in the Tamariki of New Zealand, and the wider world.

Kia hari te tau hou, Happy New Year from the PIPPA Tamariki team!Kia hari te tau hou, Happy New Year from the PIPPA Tamariki team!


Middlemore hospital recruits its first 50 participants!

Our Middlemore hospital team is celebrating a recruitment milestone of 50 participants! Thank you to all the PIPPA Tamariki whānau taking part to support this important asthma research!

Middlemore recruits 50 participants!


Recruitment milestone reached: 250 Tamariki!250 recruited to the PIPPA Tamariki study!

PIPPA bear is delighted to announce that we have reached a new recruitment milestone of 250 Tamariki!

Thank you to all the PIPPA Tamariki whānau taking part in this important study on childhood asthma. Well done also to our teams at Wellington, Auckland, and Middlemore hospitals for helping recruit to this milestone.



PIPPA bear teams up with Kiwi kids to crack the case on asthma!PIPPA bear is teaming up with mums to crack the case on childhood asthma!


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.


PIPPA bear is teaming up with new kiwi mums to crack the case on childhood asthma in New Zealand!


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!


PIPPA Tamariki study of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen in the prevention of asthma in Tamariki


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:


We have now recruited 76 babies into the PIPPA T whānau