Is Tylenol Safe For Pregnant Women? Here Is What Doctors Have To Say

By Dianne Franc, Parent Herald December 09, 06:00 am
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Tylenol, which contains acetaminophen, is offered for sale at a drug store on April 14, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Pregnancy is a sensitive time for women and it is not advisable that they just take whatever medication there is available whenever they don't feel well. In line with that statement, doctors are advising pregnant women to as much as possible not take Tylenol or any medicine that is high in acetaminophen because of its possible side effects that could harm both the mother and the unborn child.

In an article published by Tulsa World, it has been alarming to some parents the result of two Danish studies that found a link between taking Tylenol and autism in children. Apparently, 5.7 percent of children whose mothers were exposed to acetaminophen while they were pregnant were diagnosed with ADHD at an early age of 7. Symptoms of being hyper came out at their age and this was the majority of the result that came from the said research. As for those mothers who didn't take Tylenol or any medication with acetaminophen, only 4.3 percent of the children were seen to have ADHD.

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According to Fortune, it is not only hyperactivity that scientists discovered with these children, but even their emotional stability along with their general conduct was affected. Although these results could be enough to formulate a final conclusion, there are still some aspects of the study that needs to be considered like each woman used for this research were different from one another. Some are smokers and some are obese. Some had a fever and some had pain during their pregnancy.

Tylenol has been widely used in America to ease pain and fever even for pregnant women and it has always viewed as a safe drug to take. But just to make sure that you won't get side effects that would involve your child, it is best to take it with care. This means you cannot just depend on it and rely on it each time you have a headache or a fever. Find some natural alternatives that could work.

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