Around 65% of women take Tylenol during their pregnancy to thwart pain. However, according to a new study, Tylenol has been linked to autism in children.
In the new study, it indicates that expectant mothers who took Tylenol because they had soreness, or a headache, etc, are much more likely to have children that are born with behavioral issues, poor language, communication difficulties and poor motor skills, compared to those who didn’t take it.
The study included data from 48,000 Norwegian children who had mothers who participated in the study by having their medication evaluated at different parts of their pregnancy. Studies were also conducted 6 months after the children were born.
The 4% of women who took Tylenol for at least 28 days during their pregnancy had more behavioral problems in their child than mothers who didn’t take any. The children born to the Tylenol taking moms also did not begin speaking as early as the mothers who didn’t.
“Our findings suggest that (acetaminophen) might not be as harmless as we think,” stated Ragnhild Eek Brandlistuen, lead author of the study from the University of Oslo in Norway. “Long-term use of (acetaminophen) increased the risk of behavior problems by 70 percent at age three. That is considerable.”
Johnson & Johnson, the company who distributes Tylenol maintains that the drug has a sound record that spans over decades and that their medicine has not been linked to premature birth or miscarriage. However, the study, which was published in the International Journey of Epidemiology, suggests otherwise.
“We always recommend that consumers carefully read and follow label instructions when using any over the counter medication,” admitted J&J in a statement. “In addition, our label notes if pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. Consumers who have medical concerns or questions about acetaminophen should contact their health care professional.”
Ann Z. Bauer, a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Health and Environment inferred that pregnant women may want to use an alternative to Tylenol, due to the risk factors. She has done research which indicated the same information as shown in the study.
“The developmental problems are seen in this study align with symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, though the children had not been diagnosed at age three,” writes Kathryn Doyle for Reuters Health.
While many doctors continue to state that Tylenol is perfectly fine for expectant mothers to take, it would seem that they have been sadly misinformed. Information such as this that has been backed by various studies and research is hard to brush off as hearsay, and should be considered as important. Childhood autism can be devastating to families and their children who suffer from the disorder, and the only way we can fight this is with awareness. Please share this article with everyone you know, and get this information into the mainstream.