Don’t take Tylenol while you’re pregnant

Or for that matter any of the many drugs containing acetaminopen, the most popular of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

If you do, you child has a much greater chance of having behavioral problems.

From a new [open access] study just published in the nation’s leading medical pediatrics jourbnal:

  • Question Is the association between maternal acetaminophen use during pregnancy and behavioral problems in children consistent with an intrauterine mechanism?

  • Findings In this longitudinal birth cohort study of parents and children, maternal prenatal acetaminophen use was associated with increased odds of behavioral problems in children, whereas maternal postnatal and partner’s acetaminophen use were not.

  • Meaning Children exposed to acetaminophen use prenatally are at increased risk of multiple behavioral difficulties, and the associations do not appear to be explained by unmeasured behavioral or social factors, since they are not linked to postnatal or partner’s acetaminophen use.

The report comes just three months after Ohio State University researchers reported that if you take acetaminophen regularly ” you may also be decreasing your empathy for both the physical and social aches that other people experience.”

It’s enough to give you a headache and reach for. . .an aspirin.

More from the Los Angeles Times:

Acetaminophen, long the mainstay of a pregnant woman’s pain-relief arsenal, has been linked to behavioral problems in children born to mothers who used it during pregnancy.

Research published Monday [open access] by the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that a woman’s use of acetaminophen at 18 and 32 weeks of pregnancy was associated with greater odds that when the resulting child was 7 years old, his or her mother would report a range of problematic behaviors.

Compared to women who reported no acetaminophen use at 18 weeks of pregnancy, those who took the medication at that point of gestation were 42% more likely to report hyperactivity and 31% more likely to report conduct problems in the children they bore.

Women who took acetaminophen at 32 weeks of pregnancy were 29% more likely than women who did not to report emotional difficulties in their child at age 7. Children born to mothers who took acetaminophen late in their pregnancy were 46% more likely to experience a wide range of behavioral difficulties than were children born to moms who took no acetaminophen at that point.

Once again, we are discovering that a chemical that many of us have been exposed to for years brings the risk of severe health problems.


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