Read This Before You Hit the Drugstore: Does Taking Tylenol While Pregnant Cause ADHD?

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Being pregnant means you’re now worrying about stuff thing might never have crossed your mind before you were expecting. Sometimes, it seems like every little thing has the potential to ruin your baby’s health, and no there’s something else to worry about. According to new research, taking Tylenol while pregnant may lead to ADHD in your child.

Don’t think of this as one of those things your mother tells you is fine because she did it when she had you. The dangers of Tylenol, and all drugs with acetaminophen, are a real danger. Danish researchers looked at 6,400 women who had singleton births:

Children of women who took the drug during pregnancy were about 40% more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than children of mothers who took none.

The probability of a child developing ADHD symptoms severe enough to require medication increased the most — by 63% — when his or her mother took acetaminophen during the last two trimesters of pregnancy, researchers found. It also rose by about 28% when acetaminophen was used in the third trimester alone. The added risk was smallest — about 9% — when a pregnant woman reported taking the drug only during her first trimester of pregnancy.

That’s a very big increase. But that doesn’t mean that all doctors say you should throw out your Tylenol. Doctors who reviewed the study emphasize that while there’s a risk, women can still take acetaminophen at a low dose every once in a while, especially when it comes to fever. Having an untreated fever could be a lot more dangerous to a mother and her fetus than acetaminophen.

Did you take acetaminophen while you were pregnant?

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