British researchers say women who take acetaminophen during pregnancy are more likely to have children with behavioral problems.
The University of Bristol study involved thousands of women who took Acetaminophen and researchers found 5% had problems by age seven. The odds of hyperactivity, conduct issues, and emotional problems were also higher among those children.
The lead author of the study says this research does not mean women should stop taking acetaminophen. "Acetaminophen is considered safe to use during pregnancy," said Evie Stergiakouli, lead author. She explained that, as with any medication used by mothers-to-be, it should be used only when necessary. A woman and her doctor need to carefully weigh the risks of not treating fever or pain against potential harm to the baby.
The chief executive of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also says the study does not prove acetaminophen directly causes developmental problems in children.