Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to kids’ slightly higher risk of ADHD

Large analysis shows association but does not prove pain reliever causes disorder

By Nathan Seppa, 17:33 PM February 24, 2014

Women who take acetaminophen during pregnancy are more likely to have a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder than are women who don’t, according to an analysis of nearly 41,000 pairs of mothers and children in a Danish birth registry.

Researchers found that more than half of the women, who gave birth between 1996 and 2002, had used the pain reliever during pregnancy.  Followup questionnaires when the children were 7 years old revealed that children whose moms used any acetaminop...

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