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

By RaddestMom

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

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Halloween Baby Bump Contest Winner!

By RaddestMom

Congrats to Meghan in California for winning this year’s baby bump contest! There was some really stiff competition this year and it was close. Really love how she went all out and painted her WHOLE body for an awesome preggo halloween look. It looks amazing! Congrats on your $300 gift card to Little Woolf’s Etsy shop where you can find all things organic baby bedding. Thanks to all who submitted and participated, you all did a great job! See ya next year, guys!

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XO

Lisa O

2nd Annual Halloween Baby Bump Contest Giveaway!

By RaddestMom

It’s that time of year again! Bring out your paints & markers and get artsy! Last year we had our first ever Halloween baby bump contest. The contestants were asked to decorate their baby bumps in their best halloween decor. The winner really did an amazing job, and she won several brand new Baby Bjorn Products. This year, I’m teaming up with my good friend Lindsay, owner of Little Woolf Organic Nursery Bedding to give the winner ! The winner will receive a $300 gift card to spend on littlewoolf. You can buy a faux fur blanket, crib sheets, a boppy cover & a changing pad cover with that amount! All of these are custom, unique, one of a kind, hand made items.

 Little Woolf’s Shop Sampes:

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Here is a photo of last year’s winner, Tiffany Witherspoon, and her amazing pumpkin painted bump, so get creative & impress me! Email all submissions to Lisa@raddestmom.com & winner will be featured on the blog and my Facebook page! Submit your photos by October 28th!

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STOP Arguing With Your Toddler & Kids of All Ages! MUST Read Book for Parents.

By RaddestMom

I never wanted to be one of those parents who screamed, counted to three without implementing a consequence, argued with my toddler, etc…but, I found myself in that position as I argued for a good 10 minutes with my toddler over wether or not she was going to sit down and eat dinner. It’s a bit of a scary feeling when you first realize that your cute little blob of human has learned to defy you.

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My sister nagged me to read this book for the first year of Pearl’s life. She bought it for me as a stocking stuffer to push the hint. I put it off because Pearl was still a slobbering paper weight at that point, so I thought it would be untimely. Little did I know, I would be needing that parenting advice a few months later. Before I knew it, I found myself completely baffled at how to parent when suddenly, one day, I needed to implement discipline. I realized I had no control of my almost 2 year old, and I had been giving her the best excuse, which was: “She doesn’t understand, she’s two.” HAHA! If you tell a toddler that you’re going to get Ice cream, and you don’t follow through with that, the child will most likely remind you at some point that day. The same principle applies when you’re trying to discipline them. They understand what you are saying when you say, “No more candy, time to eat dinner.” Notice the reaction. If they can understand that, then they can understand a consequence.

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After I had this epiphany, I frantically dug up my past Christmas gift & read the whole thing in one night. Disclaimer: I’m not being paid to write about this book, I am just passionate about its teachings.

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The book is called: Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood (ages 0-6). 

The goal of effective parenting is for us to turn our words into GOLD. Imagine only having to say something once. Here are a couple of examples of the things you will be reading about:

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Love and Logic parenting really believes in giving your children LOTS and LOTS of choices when the stakes are low. Meaning, if they get to make choices all the time when it’s not important, it’s much easier for the parent to gain back the choice making when they need to. A child who never gets to make their own choices will be more reluctant to respecting your authority. The book also gets into how empathy is so important. We have to genuinely show our kids that we are sad when they make bad choices, and we are not happy to give them consequences. It is all about the preservation of the parent-child bond, and making sure resentments don’t build toward us. Another key concept is to let your kids make mistakes so they have opportunity to grow and learn from them when the stakes are LOW, rather than later on when they are a teenager or young adult and the stakes are much higher (sex, drugs, etc.)

When your kids are out of the 0-6 range, they have follow up books such as :

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 11.36.42 AMGood luck! I highly recommend reading this book BEFORE your kid turns one. Don’t delay :)

HERE is where you can download or order the book from Amazon. Check your local bookstores as well!

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