Studies over the past few years have begun to reveal that acetaminophen (the primary ingredient in Tylenol) is not as safe as it was once thought. A new study has shown an association between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and the “risk for developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)–like behavioral problems or hyperkinetic disorders (HKDs) in children.”
Researchers found that “children whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy were at higher risk for receiving a hospital diagnosis of HKD, use of ADHD medications, or having ADHD-like behaviors at age 7 years. Stronger associations were observed with use in more than 1 trimester during pregnancy.” They ultimately conclude “maternal acetaminophen use during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk for HKDs and ADHD-like behaviors in children.”
What makes this study most profound is that acetaminophen is probably the most commonly used/prescribed drug for pain and fever during pregnancy. Women will want to look at more natural ways of addressing pain and discomfort during pregnancy like chiropractic and massage.
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