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Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Hyperactivity In Kids

Acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, relieves pain and fever and is the active ingredient in Tylenol and hundreds of over-the-counter and prescription medicines, says the Food and Drug Administration website. More than half of all pregnant women in the United States and Europe use acetaminophen, which is also found in medicines for allergies, colds, flu and sleeplessness, according to the authors of the study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Although the data is only suggestive, the best way to reduce the likelihood of future ADHD in the child is to make sure that the mother is getting adequate levels of EPA and DHA in her diet.  I usually recommend about 2.5 grams of EPA and DHA per day.




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