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

http://time.com/9961/tylenol-during-pregnancy-linked-to-higher-risk-of-adhd/
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/too-much-tylenol-pregnancy-could-affect-childs-development-study-finds-f2D11644164
http://www.livescience.com/43657-tylenol-pregnancy-adhd-risk.html
So, what do you think? Any truth to this, or do you completely reject this information?
XO
Lisa O


3 Illnesses Your Child Will Probably Get That Sound Worse Than They Are

When I became a mother, I was so hyper vigilant in making sure that I did my best to avoid my child getting sick. I religiously washed my hands, pacifiers, and pretty much everything that touched her. I wouldn’t let certain friends’ kids come over who often had runny noses for fear of Pearl catching whatever pre-school crud was going around. Needless to say, when she got her first cold, I panicked. Fast forward to 3 years later, and my toddler fights off infections and viruses on the regular. Just over the last 2 months she’s been sick 4 times. We’ve been to the doctor more times than I can count, and she’s on even more homeopathic supplements and vitamins than I can remember to give her.

If you’re a first time mom, or are going to be soon, I’m here to tell you that it’s totally normal and OK (dare I say “good”) for kids to get sick. It boosts their immune systems & this is how they regulate their little systems to grow up into healthy adults. We need not panic so much. Here are 3 scary sounding illnesses that most kids get (some you’ve probably never heard of) that really aren’t that scary at all. I had never even heard of a couple of these until I had a child, so you’re not alone!

1. Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease

OHHHHH scarrrryyy! It sounded so bad when it came out of the doctor’s mouth, I teared up. I thought for sure we were doomed to some kind of flesh eating bacteria, and that my child would end up disfigured and spread some awful plague throughout her school. WRONG. HFMD is soooo common in little kids. They are actually in the same family of enteroviruses. Sadly you can get HFMD more than once, and it is generally not as bad in children as it is if an adult or infant catches it (it’s generally worse). The symptoms of this illness are a couple of days of fever, followed by red, cold-sore like bumps in the back of the throat. Some children develop the red bumps on their hands and feet as well. My child only had the bumps in her throat, and one unnoticeable bump on the hand. Nothing ever appeared on her feet. I was cued that something was bothering her throat when she refused to eat or drink anything other than water, and cried when she drank juice or had anything salty. That was pretty much the worst part about it. After a few days, the sore throat mellowed out and that was about as bad as it got. It definitely did not live up to its scary name! Some kids get it worse than others, but it is rarely dangerous. It is most contagious for 7 days, but can remain contagious for longer. Kids can spread it through sharing sippy cups, licking tabletops, and all of the other contaminated things they put in their mouths. The friends I have who’s kids have had HFMD also said it was mellow & nothing particularly grievous. So, if your kid gets this, don’t panic. It’s no worse than some of the colds we’ve experienced in our household.

example of HFM on hands, though it usually does not appear this pronounced.

example of HFM on hands, though it usually does not appear this pronounced.

2. Roseola 

Here’s another one I panicked over. I thought for sure Roseola was a rare, life threatening condition, once again trying to kill off my family. Wrong, again. Roseola is a rather harmless virus that MOST small children develop at some point (some, multiple times). All of my friends’ babies have had it before the age of two. This strange little virus starts off as a high fever for 2-3 days, generally with no other symptoms. After the fever breaks, a crew of tiny, red bumps appear all over the torso of the child. They last for a few days and then go away. The only worrisome part of this virus is the high fever. My daughter’s fever got pretty high in the first couple days, but don’t worry, you can bring it down with infant tylenol & ibuprofen. Once the fever passes, the rash that appears is pretty much painless and itch-free for the child. It looks scary but the child doesn’t even notice it, usually. Roseola is contagious during the fever portion, not whenever the rash is visible. Roseola spreads through tiny drops of fluid from the nose and throat of infected people, meaning other kids can catch it pretty easily through sneezing, laughing, touching, etc. Still, it is not a disease to be frightened of.

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Roseola Rash

3. Chicken Pox

While the other two may remain new to you, everyone knows what chicken pox is. Most of us have had it. Almost everyone has had chicken pox by adulthood, though it is most common in children. CP is most mellow in children over the age of 3. It is more complicated & severe in infants, adults, and those with compromised immune systems. It is highly contagious, which is why most of the time, when one kid gets it, some of the children in his or her class as well as siblings will contract it if they haven’t had it before. The Varicella vaccine is for the prevention of chickenpox, though not everyone gets it. It starts out with a fever & then the blisters appear on the skin. By far, the worst part is the severe itching, so soothing oatmeal baths, essential oils, and calamine lotion are usually used to calm the skin. It is best not to scratch the bumps. It is most contagious the day before the rash appears. Once you have chicken pox, you usually don’t get it again. Most kids with chicken pox live to tell the tale of their week on the couch watching tv, eating popsicles, and getting lots of love and attention. I still remember when I had it as a kid. It was a week of being treated like the only child (even though I was the youngest of 4)!! Oh, the pampering!

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Chicken pox

**note: I understand that on a case by case basis, some of these diseases can be bad, but I’m giving a general perspective of the majority of well children who contract them**

XO

Lisa O


Sinus Headache Relief

I have been having really bad allergies lately, and they’ve been creating a lot of sinus pressure and headaches for me. I found this on pinterest, and I’ve noticed that a couple of them have really helped me, especially the Eucalyptus oil & the Lemon Balm. Try them and let me know what works best for you!

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Lisa Osinus headache