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Paracetamol in Pregnancy Raises Children’s Risk of Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism by 30%

Paracetamol in Pregnancy Raises Children’s Risk of Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism by 30%

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Pregnant women who take paracetamol are up to 30 per cent more likely to have children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.  The common painkiller, which is also known as acetaminophen, also raises children’s risk of autism by up to 20 per cent, a study found.  The findings were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Study author Dr. Ilan Matok, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said: “Our findings suggest an association between prolonged acetaminophen use and an increase in the risk of autism and ADHD.” Although it is unclear how the drug causes ADHD or autism, paracetamol has previously been linked to communication problems and reduced Intelligent Quotients (IQs) among children whose mothers took the medication while expect