Pregnant women drink more painkillers, children prone to hyperactivity
The American Medical Association just published study shows infants increased risk of hyperactivity disorder syndrome when the mother used the painkillers to contain acetaminophen or paracetamol.
The researchers examined 64,000 new mothers. For over six years, more than half of these have used acetaminophen. After that, investigators continued to observe the baby until they grow, check out find the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and abnormal behavior problems in children.
They found that 13% of children whose mothers had used acetaminophen is likely with ADHD at the age of 7, including disorders of personality and ability to concentrate. The baby also has up to 30% of the ADHD medication needs more of. Additionally the time of pregnancy and time to use the drug for as long as the risk of ADHD is high.
One of the main authors of the study, Dr. Beate Ritz, said: “we are very surprised before these results. Acetaminophen may be the medications safe, but pregnancy is a very important period for the mother should consider very carefully before taking any drugs whatsoever”.
However, the researchers also admit that this is just the preliminary results, yet there is a clear conclusion whether acetaminophen are the cause of ADHD or not. Actually, this is just an editorial is written with two different styles in the same magazine.
Kate Langley from Psychology Cardiff University, co-authored the JAMA editorial said the study is very interesting, but not yet indicate a causal relationship should be investigated more thoroughly. There are many reasons why women taking acetaminophen while pregnant, and the factors which might cause ADHD.
Some obstetricians and specializes in the pathology of child psychiatrists recommend that mothers who do research on which concerns the use of acetaminophen if truly necessary, except where the drug can cause complications in infants.
Dr. David Rosenberg, head of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurology at Wayne State University, said: “there is no doubt the use of pain medications may be associated with behavioral problems including ADHD. But that doesn’t mean it is related cause or result”.
Acetaminophen is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for a variety of reasons which include reduced pain, fever, relieve the severe acute respiratory syndrome and aches in pregnancy. Is classified as a pregnancy category B drug, acetaminophen is easily transmitted via the placenta, but are generally considered good for both the mother and the child.
At this time, most doctors agree that pregnant women should not necessarily avoid taking acetaminophen. Actually, no medications that do not contain acetaminophen as this or other forms. Moreover, today the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD develop smoothly, so the mothers also should not be too worried.
It is important that mothers should consider carefully when using any drugs during pregnancy, use the lowest doses, in the shortest possible time and don’t forget to consult your doctor.