Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Tylenol and ADHD?

A pregnant woman's use of acetaminophen may be associated with an increase in her child's risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a prospective study published in Pediatrics.
"Long-term acetaminophen use during pregnancy is related to more than a twofold increase in risk for offspring ADHD," after adjusting for genetic risk factors, indications for the mother's acetaminophen use, use of the drug before pregnancy, and other potential con-founders. These findings do not establish a causal relationship between prenatal acetaminophen exposure and ADHD risk, "but they do suggest the possibility and raise the need for further study and more cautious consideration of acetaminophen use during pregnancy."
It is estimated that approximately 65% to 70% of pregnant women in the United States and approximately 50% to 60% of pregnant women in western and northern Europe use acetaminophen.

A fully adjusted model, which accounted for alcohol use during pregnancy, smoking during pregnancy, symptoms of anxiety and depression during pregnancy, maternal education, marital status, body mass index at the 17th week of gestation, maternal age, and parity, showed a similar trend for increased risk.

The possibility of a relationship between maternal acetaminophen use and ADHD "brings to mind the association between aspirin and Reye syndrome,"  "Although the comparisons are far from perfect, given the serious morbidity and risk of mortality associated with Reye syndrome, it does illustrate how finding associations between drug and disease can improve health outcomes."
Reye syndrome is a rapidly progressive encephalopathy. About 90% of cases are associated with aspirin (salicylate) use in children.
Always be careful what medication you take during pregnancy and what you give your children. Dosage and drug type matter. Consult with your physician if you are in doubt. Sometimes there are other options to medications that can be useful especially during pregnancy and with children.
Ask us at Family First Chiropractic. We are here to help.

Dr. Stephen Kelly is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located In Red Deer, AB 142 

Erickson Dr., www.family1stchiro.ca   Call 403-347-3261 to book an appointment.

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