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Does paracetamol in pregnancy cause ADHD and autism?

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Yet another study about something that women take or don't take in pregnancy that may or may not cause adverse effects on their offspring's physical or mental health: the mass media love these ‘scare stories’ (, and so as paediatricians we need to understand what's behind the headlines when worried mothers ask us.

Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is a particularly concerning issue, as it is so frequently taken in pregnancy. Standard UK NHS advice is that it is safe (and preferable to ibuprofen) if taken in recommended dosages. So a recent well-publicised cohort study from Spain has …

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