You’ve probably noticed that your child is slightly different from the other kids. They may have trouble focusing or are always on the move. Or they seem like a little bundle of energy who can’t sit still for five minutes. When you’re paying attention to your child’s behavior and development, it’s not hard to realize when something isn’t quite right.
This blog post will discuss why some children are diagnosed with ADHD and autism but don’t have either condition. It might sound strange at first, but there’s some pretty solid science behind this phenomenon.
These children may have been poisoned by Tylenol products when they were younger. We’ll look at what exactly happened in these cases and how parents can get involved in their own right if their child has been affected by these things or similar ones. If you feel that your child has been affected by such products, you should start looking into filing a Tylenol lawsuit immediately.
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Autism and ADHD Have Been Linked to Tylenol Use During Pregnancy
Tylenol is a popular painkiller used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. The drug has been around since 1955 and is one of the most popular over-the-counter medicines today.
Pregnant women frequently use Tylenol because it’s safe for both mother and child during pregnancy. But there have been some concerns about its safety in recent years. Several studies have connected Tylenol use during pregnancy with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
One study found that Tylenol use during pregnancy was linked to an increased risk of ASD in children. The researchers looked at data from the Danish National Birth Cohort, including the medical records of more than 100,000 pregnant women and their children.
They found that mothers who took acetaminophen during their third trimester of pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with ASD compared to those who did not take painkillers during pregnancy.
Children With Autism or ADHD Are at Increased Risk of Health Problems
Autism and ADHD are both neurodevelopmental disorders, which means that the brains of children with either condition work differently than those without it. Children with autism or ADHD may have trouble communicating and interacting with people and paying attention to things they’re interested in. According to Single Care, one in 54 children in the US has autism.
The increased risk of health problems among these children is not surprising, given that their brains function differently than others. Studies have shown that children with autism or ADHD are more likely to be hospitalized at some point in their lives, even if they receive appropriate treatment for their conditions. In addition:
- Infants born with an autism spectrum disorder are more likely than other infants to die before age one.
- Children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder have higher mortality rates than peers without ASDs throughout childhood into early adulthood. However, this trend appears leveled off by age 25 years old.
Children with ADHD are more likely to experience injury, especially in childhood. Children with ADHD have an increased risk of injury during infancy and early childhood compared to children without ADHD.
Autism and ADHD Can Impact a Child’s Life in Significant Ways
Autism and ADHD can impact a child’s life in significant ways. Children with autism may have trouble interacting with other children, learning new things, communicating, and understanding social cues. They may have trouble controlling impulsive behavior or understanding the consequences of actions.
Children with ADHD may also experience many of these issues but to a lesser degree than those with autism. These children might struggle to sit still at school or home, find it challenging to pay attention during class time, and quickly become distracted by things around them, such as lights or sounds that others don’t notice as much.
Additionally, some children with ADHD may be hyperactive. They constantly fidget while sitting down but then act like nothing’s wrong when playing outside.
While these symptoms can be challenging to deal with, they are often very treatable. Children who have autism or ADHD may need special education programs at school to better help them learn new things and understand what is expected of them.
We hope this article has helped you understand how Tylenol may be linked to autism and ADHD. If your child is born with one of these conditions, you must know the risks of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy. You may also want to consider filing a lawsuit against McNeil if this concerns you.