while pregnant and childhood depression
A new study conducted by the University of Auckland showed a “small but significant” link between paracetamol use during pregnancy and childhood depression.
Professor Karen Waldie and her team analysed data from Growing up in New Zealand, which involved 3925 eight-year-olds and their mothers, 67 per cent of whom had taken paracetamol while pregnant.
The team collected the data by quizzing mothers during pregnancy and, eight years later, quizzing children on signs such as low mood, loss of appetite, and sleep disturbance.
Four key lifestyle and health factors were shown to enhance the possibility of a child developing depression – smoking, being overweight, stress and paracetamol use.