Acetaminophen is listed under the “generally safe” to take list for pregnant mothers, but perhaps doctors need to update the information they pass along to their patients.
The main ingredient in Tylenol is Acetaminophen — A drug some researchers believe can cause speech delays in girls whose mothers used the medication while pregnant.
A new study, published in European Psychiatry, reveals that 700 women and their babies were placed in a test group to examine their language skills at 30 months of age.
According to an article in Newsweek, the study concluded that girls born to mothers in the test group (who had taken at least six or more Acetaminophen tablets during their pregnancy,) were six times more likely to speak less than 50 words at the age of 30 months.
It’s important to note, this is just one study and various other factors could contribute to language delays in babies. The fact that so many toddler girls experienced language delays after their mothers took Acetaminophen should not be taken lightly though.
Undoubtedly, more research is needed to determine whether Acetaminophen can affect language skills when ingested while a baby is still in utero.
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