Paracetamol in pregnancy linked to offspring behavioural problems

The offspring had significantly worse scores for such difficulties, including ADHD, Auckland University researchers reported in PLOS ONE.

The message for women should be to see their lead maternity carer or GP if they feel ill during pregnancy, study leader Dr John Thompson said.

Dr Thompson prefers this to the default position whereby women readily obtain paracetamol at a pharmacy. He would like to see advice to women modified.

Almost half of the women in the group studied – the Auckland Birthweight Collaborative Study –

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