Paracetamol to some of us, why that mum-baby connection can have far more serious consequences than we realise! –

(Reuters Health) – Babies born to women who used acetaminophen late in pregnancy may be at increased risk of ADHD and autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests.

After examining stored blood samples from babies’ umbilical cords, researchers determined that the risks of ADHD and autism were significantly increased in children whose blood had high levels of acetaminophen breakdown products, according to a report in JAMA Psychiatry.

“Our findings corroborate previous studies that were based on maternal self-report of acetaminophen use and they warrant additional investigations,” said Dr. Xiaobin Wang, a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and director of the Center on Early Life Origins of Disease at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This study, “provides objective evidence of fetal exposure to acetaminophen in utero.”

Source: Babies at higher risk for ADHD, autism if pregnant moms took acetaminophen – Reuters