Could Use of Tylenol in Pregnancy be the Culprit for ADHD & Autism in Children?

Something that has been on my mind lately is the question, “what causes kids to have ADHD or Autism?” I think it can be a number of things. I personally think that what we put in our bodies during pregnancy has a huge effect on our fetus and future child. People tend to forget that during the first trimester, the brain stem is developing. All of the nerves and synapses are firing and trying to make their way into existence, and when we throw chemicals at them, well, it could cause some wires to cross improperly. It seems like common sense to me. On the other hand, I also think certain behavior issues come from what we let our children do & what we feed them as infants and small children.

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 12.17.53 PMA recent study found that women who used Tylenol frequently during pregnancy had a WAY higher change of having a child with ADHD or Autism. It certainly is interesting and does fit into my theory that what we put in our bodies during pregnancy can absolutely have a major effect on the baby. I understand that pregnancy can be difficult with lots of aches and pains, so ultimately, one must decide if the risk outweighs the benefits. I took tylenol a few times during my pregnancy with Pearl, but didn’t continue because I think Tylenol is crap & doesn’t work for me. I’m an ibuprofen kind of gal, but we know pregnant women can’t use it. So, I was pretty much screwed.

Here is a summary of what the study showed:

  •  Moms who used the pain reliever to treat things like headaches or to reduce fevers saw a 37% increased risk in their kids receiving an ADHD diagnosis and a 29% increased risk in the chances that their kids needed ADHD medications compared with moms who didn’t use the over-the-counter medication at all.
  •  The participants included mothers and singleton children born in Denmark between 1996 and 2002 and registered in the Danish National Birth Cohort, so it included a diverse group of mothers from different social and environmental backgrounds.
  • The latest investigations from the neuroscientists studying developmental and behavioral disorders like autism and ADHD suggest that problems in the connection between different brain regions may contribute to the symptoms of these conditions, and hormone disruptions in utero, triggered by acetaminophen, may unbalance the brain enough to make certain children more vulnerable to autism or hyperactivity later in life.
  • The more often a woman took the drug during pregnancy, the higher the child’s ADHD risk was. Children of women who reported using acetaminophen for 20 or more weeks during pregnancy had almost double the risk of hyperkinetic disorders, the researchers said.

-information sourced from below articles
So, what do you think? Any truth to this, or do you completely reject this information?
Lisa O



8 comments on “Could Use of Tylenol in Pregnancy be the Culprit for ADHD & Autism in Children?

  1. Amanda

    A friend recommended to me taking a magnesium supplement or eating magnesium rich foods when I got a headache while pregnant. So I never took an aspirin, but I also never had any morning sickness and overall felt my best while pregnant, so I might not be a good measure of how magnesium works for the average woman. The magnesium tip worked great for me and its something now even my husband has adapted before reaching for a aspirin. But I definitely agree with what you said, it’s up to the individual. We’re all different and what works for one won’t necessarily work for another. :) Ps: I love your webpage.

  2. Jessica

    I never took any medications when I was pregnant with my Son and I was very cautious of what I put in my body food wise .. and he has pretty moderate ADHD.. So I’m not too sure of all this.

  3. Amanda

    Maybe it’s like with other illnesses, if you genetically have the predisposition somewhere in your body, then environmental instigators might trigger it. But given that, many dont know their genetic predispositions. Maybe our parents and grandparents had less toxins so those predispositions never popped up. Or maybe it’s a predisposition that pops up normally in your family during our elderly years, but gets brushed aside as ‘aging’ and never fully diagnosed. But toxins nowadays introduced at a younger age would have made it appear during our early adulthood instead. For example this study:

    Check out this page as well if that article interests you: My newest side project at home is replacing our dishware based on that Facebook page’s posts.

    I can’t wait to see what you share next. I love reading everything you have on your site.

    -Amanda <3

  4. Shelby

    Hi I couldn’t find another section on this topic. I was wondering what sippy cup you recommended for a 1 year old? Best transition cup to drink milk out of? I’ve did a little research online but was wondering if you had any recommendations.


  5. Cecilia

    Im not sure everyone understands but it’s not always the mother carrying the child and what she takes in that causes these things. It can also be caused by the father if he’s under the influence of drug or alcohol during conception. Just alittle piece of mind for all the mommy’s out there.

  6. tamara

    Hi! I’m a pharmacist & totally agree! People are too quick to reach for a “pill”, rather than treat their ailments naturally. Medications have all kinds of side effects, as we know, but some are definitley serious. Food is medicine also, which we don’t realize. My 16mo old is always happy & super pleasant. We eat all clean, organic, straight from a local farmer. She drinks fresh raw goat milk daily. Our diet consists of eggs & chicken from grass fed chickens (no grains, they cause inflammation), milk & cheese from grass fed goats & cows, non-pasteurized, to keep all the ‘good stuff’, non -GMO fed, no antibiotics or steroids, all organic fruits & veggies direct from the farmer, never store-bought. Over the holidays, we got into the cookies & candies, we were both sick & she had her first ear infection. This is a direct result of what sugar does to the body, & this is how food acts as a negative ‘drug’.

    • RaddestMom

      agreed. My father owns a pharmacy & I worked in it growing up. Seeing that many people addicted to medication they don’t need was enough to turn me the other way!

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