There are always delicate issues when it comes to pregnant women: they must always be careful, as any action they do can have consequences for their babies. So they have to be careful with their food, with their habits, with their sleep, and so on. Medication during pregnancy is also a highly important matter, and doctors advise future moms not to use paracetamol.
A British study warns pregnant women against using acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, as this may lead to health problems for their babies. For the study, 7,800 cases were investigated, and women admitted to having used this painkiller during their pregnancy. The result is now that in 5% of the cases, the children aged about seven deal with behavior problems.
Apart from behavior issues, other effects that paracetamol has on children whose moms used it before they had been born are hyperactivity and emotional problems.
Nevertheless, paracetamol is not strictly forbidden during pregnancy because women can have all sorts of problems and discomforts, and other painkillers may result even more harmful than acetaminophen.
Researchers didn’t exactly establish how does the mothers’ use of this medication affects the child and causes future behavior problems. They just think there must be a connection between the two.
Business Insider reports on some of the results of the study:
“At 18 weeks of pregnancy, 4,415 mothers, or 53 percent of them, reported using acetaminophen, as did 3,381 mothers, or 42 percent, at 32 weeks. When the kids were 5 years old, more than 80 percent of the women and their partners used acetaminophen.”
Doctor Hal Lawrence from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who was not part of the research team, thinks that using paracetamol can’t possibly be the only cause for behavior problems with children, as he declared:
“Behavioral disorders are multifactorial and very difficult to associate with a singular cause. The brain does not stop developing until at least 15 months of age, which leaves room for children to be exposed to a number of factors that could potentially lead to behavioral issues.”
It is clear that further research needs to be carried out, in order to for the scientists to come up with more cogent results. Meanwhile, doctors still advise pregnant women to take paracetamol in small doses and to use it as less as possible.
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