Taking paracetamol during pregnancy may affect child’s behaviour

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Bhubaneswar: Women should prevent themselves from taking paracetamol during pregnancy as this may increase the risk of a behaviour problem in the child.

A study published in the journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology had examined whether there were any effects of taking paracetamol in mid-pregnancy and the behaviour of the offspring between the ages of six months and 11 years, with memory and IQ tested up until the age of 17.

For the study, the researchers used questionnaire and examined 14000 students.

The researchers have opined that boys appeared to be more susceptible than girls to the possible behavioural effects of the drug.

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