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Risks Associated With Prenatal Exposure to Tylenol®

As a parent, you want the best for your child, learn about the risks of the Tylenol® claim.

Pregnant women are under extreme pressure because they feel solely responsible for the safety of their babies. They often turn to medical professionals for advice on treating fevers and pain, and most professionals recommend acetaminophen.

Unfortunately, prenatal Tylenol® exposure has been linked to an increase in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children. Learn about the research and Tylenol® autism lawsuit below. 

Take a Step Back: What Are These Diagnoses?

You have probably heard of both Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The number of children with these diagnoses is increasing rapidly, but what do they mean?

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a developmental disability, but the factors that cause the differences in the brain are still unclear.

Autism is a spectrum disorder because it affects each person differently. Their abilities to regulate emotions, communicate, interact socially, and learn vary for most people.

What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Genetics can have a significant impact on the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but several other factors also contribute to the development of ADHD. In most cases, an ADHD is diagnosis occurs during childhood due to the appearance of signs such as:

  • Trouble focusing
  • Trouble controlling impulsive behaviors
  • Being overly active

Is There Evidence That Tylenol May Increase the Risk of ASD and ADHD?

Two significant studies have shown a link between prenatal Tylenol® exposure and the development of autism or ADHD.

The Tylenol® autism lawsuit and Tylenol® ADHD lawsuit draw evidence from studies such as those below. 

The 2016 Tylenol® Study

In 2016, researchers studied the Spanish birth cohort. 2,644 pairs of mothers and children were followed for five years, beginning during the pregnancy. 

Mothers self-reported the frequency in which they used Tylenol® during pregnancy. They chose between never, sometimes, and regular usage. Then, the children received the following tests assessments for developmental disorders:

  • Childhood Autism Spectrum Test
  • Conner’s Kiddie Continuous Performance Test

The children were also assessed based on the description of ADHD in the DSM 4. The DSM, or Diagnostic and Statistic Manual, is a handbook used by doctors and healthcare professionals as a basis for mental illness diagnoses

Researchers found that children who received prenatal Tylenol® exposure were more likely to show symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsivity than those who were not exposed. Children who were exposed to Tylenol® during pregnancy persistently showed a decrease in attention.

Male children exposed to Tylenol® during pregnancy typically showed more symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The 2018 Tylenol® Study

In 2018, the University of Jerusalem carried out a study of 132,738 mothers with their children. They followed each pair for 3 to 11 years. 

Researchers found that prolonged acetaminophen use during pregnancy corresponded to an increased risk of autism and ADHD. Children whose mothers took Tylenol® for extended periods were 20% more likely to be diagnosed with autism and 30% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. 

Babies exposed to this drug for four weeks or more were at higher risk than babies who had received no exposure.

The 2019 Tylenol® Study

In 2019, the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality funded a study to continue research on the effects of prenatal Tylenol® exposure. A professor from Johns Hopkins, Xiaobin Wang, headed the study.

Researchers examined data from the Boston Birth Cohort, which is a 20-year study that focuses on factors affecting pregnancy and child development. They studied umbilical cord blood from 996 births.

They broke the umbilical cord blood into three groups. The lowest third showed the smallest amount of acetaminophen exposure, and the highest third showed the most. 

Children in the middle third were 2.26x more likely to develop ADHD than those in the lowest third and 2.14x more likely to develop autism. Those in the highest third were 2.86x more likely to develop ADHD than those in the middle third and 3.26x times more likely to develop autism. 

What Else Do I Need to Know About the Tylenol® Lawsuit?

Most of the determining factors of ADHD appear in a child’s genes. Other risk factors include exposure to too much alcohol or tobacco smoke while in the womb. Head trauma also increases the risk of ADHD. 

Many determining factors of autism are still unclear, but genes often play a role.

As you can see, a variety of factors contribute to these diagnoses, and acetaminophen is not the only culprit. Researchers cannot say that Tylenol® causes autism or ADHD, but it may play a role. 

How Does the Tylenol® Lawsuit Work?

Mothers who used Tylenol®, generic acetaminophen, Nyquil, Dayquil, or Excedrin during their pregnancy may have the opportunity to win compensation. Additionally, fathers of children affected by these circumstances may be able to submit a claim, as well.

Currently, a Tylenol® autism and ADHD class action lawsuit is working toward certification in federal court. If this is successful, everyone entitled to compensation can participate together, and if won, those who are eligible would be able to receive compensation. This is why it’s important to submit an eligibility check so you can avoid waiting for your compensation once the case is won.

Any records of prenatal Tylenol® exposure or your child’s diagnosis will help to fortify your case. 

What Expenses Would the Tylenol® Lawsuit Cover?

Unfortunately, children diagnosed with autism or ADHD can struggle in multiple contexts and require extra support. These supports can place a financial burden on families. 

The Tylenol® autism lawsuit and Tylenol® ADHD lawsuit may help to pay for costs associated with medical expenses, long-term therapy, and medications. Additionally, families may be subject to compensation for decreased enjoyment, pain, and suffering.

What Can I Do If I Think I Was Affected By The Tylenol® Claim?

The Tylenol® lawsuit aims to provide families who were affected with support. Although people with these diagnoses can live fulfilling, successful lives, they may need additional support.

Research to fortify the claim that acetaminophen can contribute to autism and ADHD is ongoing. Simultaneously, a class action Tylenol® autism lawsuit and Tylenol® ADHD lawsuit are progressing. There is hope for those struggling to provide for their families due to misinformation about using acetaminophen. 

Start on your path to justice with the Tylenol® claim today. Learn more about the claim and submit a free eligibility form to see if you qualify for compensation.

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Written by
Zoha Rizvi

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