Ignore the hype

A very recent paper published in the JAMA Pediatrics (to see it click HERE) caused panic amongst mothers and hysteria in the media worldwide when it claimed that the use of Panadol in pregnancy can cause behavioural problems in children. The study found that there were behavioural problems in 9.5% of children whose mother did NOT take Panadol compared to 11.5% of children whose mothers’ DID take Panadol. To be sure it was a large study with 7,796 women examined but the way in which it was carried out and the conclusions it drew were bold bordering on reckless. Women were questioned about whether they took Panadol at 18 and 32 weeks gestation. But – they weren’t asked how much or for how lon

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