Long-use of paracetamol during pregnancy linked to neurodevelopmental disorders in kids
Prolonged use of paracetamol by pregnant women is associated with the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
This is according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
There are many earlier studies that establish how the long-term use of even low doses of paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen may affect the development of the nervous system in the foetus.
This effect is often seen years after exposure during childhood.
The new study says that prolonged exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy is linked to a 30% increase in the relative risk for ADHD.
Acetaminophen is commonly given for pain and fever.
There is also a 20% increase in relative risk for ASD, compared to those who did not take the medications.
This means that if a pregnant woman has fever and pain, acetaminophen can be taken for a short period only. If the fever or pain continues beyond that, she should consult her doctor.