Tylenol during pregnancy can cause ADHD in babies
Pregnant women who take Tylenol during pregnancy are a FIFTH more likely to have children with ADHD and sleep problems, study suggests
- Children around 20% more likely to suffer problems at age three than their peers
- It is latest in growing body of evidence to highlight risks of common painkillers
- The FDA says studies so far 'too limited' to recommend women don't take them
Women who take painkillers like Tylenol while pregnant are more likely to have children with ADHD or sleeping problems, a study suggests.
Children were around a fifth more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorde or some form of insomnia by age three if their mothers regularly used acetaminophen.
It is the latest in a growing body of evidence to highlight the risks of common over-the-counter painkillers on unborn babies.
Although it is unclear how the drug causes ADHD or sleep issues, acetaminophen has also been linked to autism, language delay and decreased IQ.
Around 65 per cent of pregnant women in the US take the drug when expecting, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The proportion is around half among British mothers-to-be.
Acetaminophen is a generic medicine that is sold under brand names, including Tylenol and Panadol.
It is the first-line painkiller for pregnant women to relieve fever and discomfort.
Women who take painkillers like Tylenol while pregnant are more likely to have children with, a study suggests (file image)
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