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Posted on 05-30-2014

Expecting Moms: Beware of Acetaminophen, Go Drug-free Instead

Conventional wisdom tells women that for fevers and pain relief during pregnancy, acetaminophen is their best bet. But JAMA Pediatrics, the highly-respected pediatric journal, recently published a study showing a possible link between acetaminophen and extreme attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Study authors admit more research is needed, but Jeff Chapa, director of maternal fetal medicine at Cleveland Clinic, told USA Today "We really should start looking at non-pharmacological ways to deal with pain." The study tracked 64,000 Danish children whose mothers took acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol among other pain relievers, and found that their children were 37 percent more likely to be diagnosed with extreme ADHD.  

At the same time, The American Pregnancy Association says chiropractic can "maintain a healthier pregnancy" while also potentially "controlling symptoms of nausea, reducing the time of labor and delivery, relieving back, neck or joint pain, and preventing potential cesarean delivery."

Source: The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP).

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