Prenatal Exposure to Tylenol Linked to Toddler Language Issues

Prenatal Exposure to Tylenol Linked to Toddler Language Issues

Mothers-to-be should carefully consider how often they take the pain reliever Tylenol (acetaminophen) during the early stages of their pregnancy because it may increase a toddler’s risk of experiencing language development issues.

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai examined 754 Swedish women who were participants in a long-term study during their first trimester. Around 60% reported taking acetaminophen since conceiving. After a couple of years, the participants filled out a questionnaire where they discussed their children’s language development progress at 2.5 years old.

Results, published in the journal European Psychiatry, showed that 30-month-old girls born to mothers who took acetaminophen more than 6 times during the first trimester were 6 times more likely to experience language delay, which is defined as a child using fewer than 50 words.

However, the same language issues were not seen in boys at the same age.


Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty is founder and CEO of McCatty Scholars, an organization that devises and implements financial literacy programs for students to combat the nationwide issue of the loss of educational opportunity due to the ramifications of burdensome student debt. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs. She is a graduate of Pace University.


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