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Paracetamol and It’s Adverse Effects on Pregnant Women (new born with ADHD)

by learningdiscoveries on March 4, 2014

Paracetamol, one of Australia’s common pain relievers has been linked to an increased risk of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.

A study by the University of California and University of Aarhus in Denmark surveyed more than 64,000 Danish women between 1996 and 2002.

Women who took Paracetamol while pregnant had a 37 percent higher risk of having a child who would be later diagnosed with ADHD compared to women who didn’t take Paracetamol while pregnant. There was also a 29 percent higher chance of children exhibiting ADHD-like behaviours and who were later prescribed medications.

This is only a preliminary link and more study is needed to confirm the findings, but it could be a new potential cause for the worldwide rise of ADHD cases in children. However, previous research has suggested that paracetamol can interfere with hormone function and may affect the development of a foetal brain, underlining the importance of being aware of a drug’s safety during pregnancy.

This study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Paediatrics – February edition.

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