Tylenol Use During Pregnancy Linked to ADHD in Girls & Boys

diet-pills-1328804_1280The rate of ADHD in girls and boys in the US is one of the highest in the world–the US has a rate of 11 percent, while globally the world is at around 7 percent. Many people hypothesize that this is linked to doctors overdiagnosing ADHD in girls and boys, but according to a new study, it could be something else: acetaminophen. Acetaminophen–the active ingredient in Tylenol–use during pregnancy has been linked to a higher risk of ADHD in girls and boys. CNN recently covered the details of this new study. 

Tylenol and hyperactivity

Tylenol has been the championed answer to a pregnant woman’s pain for years now, nearly half of all pregnant women across the globe use it. It’s been the only one really “okayed” by doctors–but this new study could mean otherwise.

According to the article, four major studies have shown a link between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and neurodevelopmental issues.

Researchers think that the link makes sense because of the liver’s role in the hormone metabolism; acetaminophen impacts the liver. This would explain the reason the risk for ADHD in girls and boys goes up with the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy.

In this recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics, they looked at a large sample of individuals, which usually means more accurate results. The researchers found that pregnant women who used acetaminophen at 18 weeks increased their child’s chance of developing ADHD the most, but even at 32 weeks it still increased the risk.

Important to continue with caution

This is alarming because of the wide usage of acetaminophen by pregnant women all over the world. Although further research needs to be conducted, it’s important to consider the possible effects of taking this drug. It also gives us greater insight into how ADHD in girls and boys develops and what can possible influence its development.

If you believe your child is struggling with mental health issues, it’s imperative to seek out professional guidance on how to move forward.

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