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Study ties prenatal acetaminophen exposure to hyperactive children

Posted at 11:12 AM, Aug 16, 2016

(NBC) - British researchers have found women who take a common pain reliever during pregnancy are more likely to have children with behavioral problems.

The study involving thousands of women who took acetaminophen found 5 percent of their children had problems by age seven.

The odds of hyperactivity, conduct issues and emotional problems were higher among those children.

But the lead study author at the University of Bristol says that does not mean pregnant women should stop taking acetaminophen because there is a risk of not treating fever or pain during pregnancy.

Also, the chief executive of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says the study does not prove acetaminophen directly causes developmental problems in children.

Courtesy: NBC News Channel