MUMS taking paracetamol whilst pregnant could cause hyperactivity and attention problems in kids, a new study warns.
Scientists at Bristol University found a “causal link” between the drug and behavioural issues after a study of 14,000 children.
Taking paracetamol while pregnant could mean your children develop behavioural issues[/caption]
Lead study author Professor Jean Golding of the University of Bristol said: “Our findings add to a series of results concerning evidence of the possible adverse effects of taking paracetamol during pregnancy such as issues with asthma or behaviour in the offspring.
“It reinforces the advice that women should be cautious when taking medication during pregnancy and to seek medical advice where necessary.”
The new study looked at children between the ages of six months and 11 years and tested their memory and IQ until the age of 17.
Scientists claim more research is needed to determine whether there is a firm association between the two and to understand whether such behaviour issues would be temporary or permanent.
Prof Golding added: “It is important that our findings are tested in other studies – we were not in a position to show a causal link, rather an association between two outcomes.
“It would also be useful now to assess whether older children and adults are free of difficult behavioural problems if their mother had taken paracetamol.”
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