Doctors called the drug, which is categorically not recommended to be taken during pregnancy.
Doctors concluded that paracetamol can cause autism in boys and attention disorder in girls if the mother took this drug during pregnancy.
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This conclusion was made by scientists from the Spanish Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology CREAL after a survey of 2,500 mothers whose children were aged 1 to 5 years.
The survey was conducted twice, women had to answer whether they took paracetamol during pregnancy, and if so, how often.
As it turned out, 43% of children under 1 year old and 41% of babies under 5 years old were exposed to paracetamol in utero. All of them were hyperactive.
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And if a woman took the drug often, then the child suffered from an attention disorder in the future, and signs of autism were found in the boys. This is due to the fact that the male brain is more sensitive to endocrine and androgenic changes.
However, during this study, experts saw only the symptoms of diseases, and not the diagnosis. Therefore, experts recommend additional testing before prescribing paracetamol to pregnant women so that doctors can prescribe a safe dose of the drug if necessary.
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