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Link between Long Term use of Acetaminophen and Child Developing ADHD
This Norwegian study published in the journal Pediatrics, included 113,000 children. Researchers studied the long term implications of acetaminophen and their possible connection to ADHD. This study is not suggesting that the short term impact of using Tylenol for a few days is worrysome; it's the long term use that is outlined in this study.
Read this summary article written for HealthDay and Medline Plus that outlines the finding of this Norwegian study.
Interesting and significant quotes:
"When moms used acetaminophen for 29 days or more during pregnancy, their kids were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, versus women who did not use the drug."
"Overall, more than 2,200 children in the study were diagnosed with ADHD -- or about 2 percent of the whole group. The risk was just over twofold higher among kids whose mothers had used acetaminophen for 29 days or more during pregnancy."
"The drug might, for instance, interfere with maternal hormones that are important for fetal brain development."
"That said, Chambers pointed to a bigger-picture issue: Very few drugs have actually been studied in pregnant women, and fairly little is known about the safety of using any medication prenatally."
"But experts said it's still hard to definitively pin the blame on the medication."That's the dilemma," said Christina Chambers, co-director of the Center for Better Beginnings at the University of California, San Diego."
"The study was published online Oct. 30 in the journal Pediatrics."