A study out of John Hopkins University, funded by the NIH has cited that the use of Acetaminophen (Tylenol exposure) during pregnancy increases the risk of ADHD and Autism in children.
Their findings were published in JAMA Psychiatry.
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Previous studies had also found an association between maternal use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and increased risks of adverse childhood outcomes, including:
- neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD—which is marked by hyperactivity and difficulty paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior
- and autism spectrum disorder, a complex developmental disorder that can affect how a person socializes, communicates, and behaves
Researchers collected cord blood from 996 births and measured the level of Tylenol and two of the byproducts in it.
By the time the babies were 8-9 years old, the babies with the highest levels of Tylenol had a:
- 2.86 times the risk of ADHD
- 3.62 times the risk of Autism
“People in general believe Tylenol is benign, and it can be used safely for headaches, fever, aches, and pains,” says Xiaobin Wang, a professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health and the study’s corresponding author. (source) “Our study further supports the concerns raised by previous studies—that there is a link between Tylenol exposure in the womb during pregnancy and increased risk for autism or ADHD.” (emphasis mine)
Back in the 70s and 80s (as a young RN), they told us NOT to use Tylenol when we were pregnant. We were told not to take anything! I wonder what changed?
I Thought Tylenol Would be Pulled From the Market by Now (one mother and medical professional’s story)
Things to be aware of:
This warning, of course, includes giving baby/infant and children’s Tylenol after birth.
Tylenol depletes glutathione which is the body’s biggest antioxidant and also depletes your sulfur stores.
Lastly, when people take acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol, they are less likely to empathize with individuals experiencing pain or misfortune.
Safer Alternatives To Tylenol:
There are 3 posts that contain alternatives near the end of each post:
Knocking Down A Fever Is Like Shooting Your Attack Dog In a Burglary (discusses febrile seizures & Methods to Increase Comfort w/o Medication)
Large Study: Tylenol Once/Year Increases a Child’s Asthma Risk 70% (discusses Homeopathy for Fevers)
If You Vaccinate Don’t Give Glutathione-Depleting Acetaminophen (Tylenol) (discusses calming/soothing Lemon Balm Glycerite or Lemon Balm Extract)
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