acetaminophen during pregnancy

Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked to ADHD Risk in Children

Safety of Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy is Questioned in New Research Study

Last week JAMA Pediatrics published a study which showed an increased prevalence of ADHD in children whose mothers took Tylenol (acetaminophen) during their pregnancy.  While causation was not show, correlation was strong.

With over 10% of children (over 6 million) currently diagnosed and being "treated" for ADHD; this research is extremely important.  

The study looked at over 64,000 Danish mothers and their children.  It was found that mothers who took acetaminophen at any point during the pregnancy had a 28% increased chance of their children having ADHD.  If acetaminophen was taken during the second and third trimesters, then the likelihood of ADHD increased by 63%! 

Tylenol has long been known to cross the placental barrier between mother and fetus.  The implications have been unclear, but exposure to any medication during pregnancy should be carefully considered.  

As chiropractors this is EXTREMELY important research.  Over 80% of women develop pregnancy-related low back pain during the second and third trimesters of their pregnancy.  They may be urged to take an over the counter pain killer (such as Tylenol) as a first line defense by their OB/GYN.  It is imperative that we communicate and demonstrate the proven safety and efficacy of chiropractic care for these expecting mothers.  Their children may be depending on us.  

 

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