Tylenol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Child Attention and Sleep Problems
Tylenol, also known as acetaminophen, is one of the country’s most widely used over-the-counter and prescription drugs. This drug has long been trusted by consumers and has been considered safe for use during pregnancy although recent studies have connected this to the risk of child attention and sleep problems.
Children that suffer from sleep and attention issues can be put at a distinct disadvantage in school, social situations, and life in general. There are also many direct costs such as doctor visits and medication associated with addressing these issues that can add up. Parents that believe that their child’s sleep and attention issues may be related to the use of Tylenol or other acetaminophen-containing drugs during pregnancy should consider filing a product liability lawsuit.
Tylenol Injury Lawyers
Dolman Law Group is a personal injury law firm that specializes in cases involving dangerous defective drugs. Our firm has handled cases involving everything from over-the-counter drugs like Zantac to contraceptives like Mirena. We have successfully attained compensation for clients injured due to pharmaceutical company negligence and can help you ensure these corporations are held accountable.
Consider setting up a free consultation with our Tylenol injury lawyer today by either calling our office at 727-451-6900 or filling out a contact form on our website.
What is Acetaminophen and How Can it Harm Children?
Acetaminophen or paracetamol is a pharmaceutical ingredient most commonly associated with Tylenol in which it is a primary ingredient. It is also an active ingredient in hundreds of over-the-counter and prescription medicines. This widespread use is due to its effectiveness in relieving pain and its supposed safety as long as it is used properly.
Up until recently, Tylenol was considered to be a relatively harmless pain reliever as long as the user ingested the recommended dosage and did not have any medical conditions that could make its use dangerous like liver issues, allergies, etc. It is estimated that 65-70% of pregnant women have Recent studies have shown that this may not be the case as a link between developmental issues in children and Tylenol use during pregnancy may be likely.
Tylenol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Dangerous Side Effects
Pregnancies are often fraught with anxiety regarding the risks to an unborn baby presented by everything from certain foods to medication taken. While many substances may not be harmful to full-grown adults, developing children can be vulnerable to even trace amounts.
Tylenol use during pregnancy is believed to get to children in-utero via placental absorption and cause endocrine disruption that can lead to a number of developmental issues. In 2021 scientists and healthcare providers published an article in Nature Reviews Endocrinology where they raised concerns about Tylenol use during pregnancy. Several studies have also found links between Tylenol use during pregnancy and newborns suffering from developmental disorders.
Child Attention and Sleep Problems Caused by Tylenol Use During Pregnancy
A report published in the journal PLOS Medicine has linked Tylenol use during pregnancy to the development of behavioral disorders among newborns. The lead author of the report Kristin Sznajder, assistant professor of public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine stated
“Our research found that acetaminophen use during pregnancy increased the risk for attention and sleep problems among young children by more than 20%,”
Studies Indicating Tylenol Taken During Pregnancy Causes Child Sleep Problems
The Penn State researchers studied 2,423 mothers and their children that completed a prenatal stress inventory that reported the medication they used during their third trimester. Once their child turned three years old, the mothers would complete a Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) that helps to determine the possibility of a child suffering from behavioral disorders.
The results indicated that not only did almost half of the participants take acetaminophen during their pregnancy but also that acetaminophen use correlated with children that had more sleep and attention issues. While this is not conclusive proof that Tylenol causes newborn sleep problems, it has prompted more studies to evaluate the full potential risk.
Autism Caused by Tylenol Use During Pregnancy
In addition to the risk of sleep issues caused by Tylenol, there is also a significant risk of newborns developing behavioral disorders such as autism and ADHD when pregnant mothers take Tylenol. Several studies have shown that acetaminophen can cause developmental issues when it is absorbed by children in the womb.
The medical journal, Nature Reviews Endocrinology had a consensus statement from a group of 91 medical experts in its September 2021 issue that warned that Tylenol and other acetaminophen-containing medicines such as Nyquil or Excedrin taken during pregnancy can increase the risk of the child developing autism.
The statement referred to a swath of epidemiological research and testing consisting of 29 observational studies of over 200,000 mothers and their children that showed prenatal exposure to acetaminophen can negatively affect fetal development in a way that increases the risk of autism.
Statistics Regarding Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders Caused by Tylenol
The following are some statistics from the report that illustrate the severity of this recent Tylenol controversy.
- Over 2,300,000 mothers took Tylenol or acetaminophen during their pregnancies
- Prenatal exposure to acetaminophen is associated with a 19% increased risk of autism spectrum disorder symptoms
- Similarly, this exposure also is associated with a 21% increased risk of ADHD symptoms
- 1 in 44 8-year-old children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2018
- As of 2019 8.8% of children in the United States aged 3 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD
The Damage Caused to Children by Tylenol Use by Pregnant Mothers
Children that suffer from neurodevelopmental disorders are significantly more likely to undergo severe hardship in their life. Tylenol use during pregnancy has been shown to be an immense risk to the health of a child but the damages they can experience go beyond this and affect them forever.
The losses suffered by a child or their parents both financial and emotional in nature can be considered damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Tylenol-caused child developmental disorders can be expensive, to say the least. Economic damages like medical bills for prescriptions and doctor appointments, parents’ lost wages, and loss of economic opportunity for kids harmed by Tylenol in utero are reasons alone to file a Tylenol lawsuit.
Many people may fail to realize that non-economic damages are also potentially compensable in a Tylenol lawsuit as well. These damages that are typically intangible and lack an easily calculable dollar value are no less significant than economic damages. Non-economic damages caused by harmful prenatal exposure to acetaminophen can include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of quality of life, and more.
Lawsuits Over Tylenol-Inflicted Child Behavioral Issues
A product liability lawsuit is a form of civil tort where a consumer harmed by a defective product seeks compensation from the party liable for the harm caused by the product in question. These defects can be due to design errors, manufacturing errors, or improper labeling with the maker of the product or other entities in its chain of distribution being considered liable.
Tylenol’s makers, retailers, or distributors are not exempt from the duty they have to consumers who have inadvertently exposed their children prenatally to it and thus potentially contributed to their sleep or further behavioral problems. A Tylenol lawsuit can not only attain compensation for victims of this drug’s negative effects but also help ensure liable parties face consequences.
How a Defective Drug Lawyer Can Help With Your Tylenol Lawsuit
Filing a lawsuit over your child’s Tylenol-caused health issues is easier said than done. The process of seeking compensation from those liable for your child’s sleep disorder or even Autism can end up being more complex than most realize. Legal pitfalls and a stalwart defense by a pharmaceutical company with more resources than you can prove to much to handle for most.
An experienced defective drug lawyer can assist you with not only building your case but every step of the process involved in your lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer can provide a wealth of resources and services that can give your product liability case the edge it needs to successfully get you compensation for Tylenol-caused damages.
Why Dolman Law Group is Your Best Option for Legal Representation for Your Tylenol Lawsuit
Dolman Law Group understands the stakes when it comes to lawsuits involving Tylenol and its effects on children. Our firm is well versed not only in handling the legal nuances of these kinds of product liability cases but working closely with our clients so they can be informed regarding the progress of their cases.
The defective drug attorneys of Dolman Law Group are recognized as some of the most skilled in the country when it comes to handling cases such as these. Our lawyers have 120 combined years of successful personal injury litigation under their belts and can provide you with experienced service that can mean the difference between a fair settlement or inadequate compensation for damage caused by your child’s sleep or behavioral problems.
Contact Dolman Law Group For Help With Your Tylenol Injury Lawsuit
If you suspect that your child’s behavioral issues have been caused by Tylenol taken during pregnancy, then consider reaching out to Dolman Law Group about potentially filing a personal injury lawsuit. Our personal injury attorneys can help you determine the viability of your case, the damages you could potentially seek, and who might be considered liable for those damages in a Tylenol lawsuit.
The product liability lawyers of Dolman Law are happy to discuss the details of your case in a free consultation. To schedule a meeting with us either call our office at 866-271-9007 or fill out an online contact form on our website.