You might be asking yourself, why should I question the danger of Tylenol? Haven’t doctors have been recommending it as a safe and effective form of pain suppression for kids and pregnant women for years?
I am sure many parents were downright outraged when information started to be released in the 1980s on the association between giving children aspirin and the development of Reye’s syndrome. This dangerous condition involves swelling of the liver and the brain that can lead to personality changes, seizures, coma, and death. Until then, aspirin was the number 1 recommended pain reliever for children.
Now doctors recommend Tylenol…
What is the danger of Tylenol and how does it increase the risk of Autism?
Acetaminophen causes changed to the mitochondria by depleting glutathione. Glutathione is an essential biochemical that your body uses to bind toxins and eliminate them from the body. Without this, the toxins will build up and collect in the brain and liver, inhibiting normal neural development. (source)
According to this study by Schultz & Gould, children who were given acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol, were 8 to 20 times more likely to develop autism.
In addition, this study found that the more Tylenol mothers took during pregnancy, the more likely their children were to develop severe ADD and hyperactivity.
But these are not the only reasons to stay clear of tylenol.
Harmful inactive ingredients
Even if you get past the chance of neurotoxicity that acetaminophen has, the inactive ingredients in tylenol are downright toxic and dangerous.
One of these ingredients include butylparaben which is a preservative and endocrine disruptor linked to cancer and reproductive toxicity. Pregnant women and children are especially vulnerable to this substance. (source)
The next ingredient on the naughty list includes FD&C red no 40. This synthetically produced chemical is linked to behavioral disorders, allergies, and cancer. (source) No wonder you have to worry about serving peanuts at kids birthday parties.
Let us also not breeze past the high fructose corn syrup on the list. It is a highly processed, genetically modified corn sugar which leads to the development of diabetes, high blood sugar, and heart disease. (1, 2) It is also one of the main factors contributing to the obesity epidemic in the United States.
I can go on with these ingredients and their dangers but you get the picture. Even if the remainder of them were sunshine and fairy dust I still don’t think I would be comfortable putting these substances in my kid.
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Natural pain relief without drugs
When I read this, I was appalled. I had been following the advice of my OB and pediatrician. I thought I was doing right by my son by relieving his pain. No mother wants to see their precious child in pain OR potentially risk their healthy brain development.
So what is a concerned mama to do to manage pain for herself and her children?
Fortunately, there are many wonderful alternatives to Tylenol that can provide us pain relief without the use of drugs:
- Drink more fluids: one of the main reasons for headaches is dehydration. The blood is the essence of transportation in the body. Make sure your blood has enough fluid to carry everything it needs to the detoxifying organs, the kidneys and the liver.
- Reduce stress level: high amounts of cortisol hormone are associated with many negative symptoms such as poor sleeping, anxiety, aches, pains, and high blood pressure. Recognize the stressors for yourself or your child and devise a plan to reduce them. Sometimes this is simply just slowing down and simplifying your daily schedule. You do not have to be involved in everything.
- Massage: this helps to mobilize toxins trapped in muscles, relaxes the body and the mind. Follow with drinking plenty of fluids to aid the kidneys in eliminating toxins
- Epsom salt bath: magnesium deficiency is a common cause of headaches and this bath will allow magnesium to absorb through the skin. The hot water causes vasodilation and reduces blood pressure which can contribute to headaches.
- Cold wash cloth with Lavender essential oil: place the washcloth on the forehead and use lavender oil to provide a calming effect on the mind.
- Eat Turmeric: a powerful anti-inflammatory, and helps the body in eliminating toxins. Use the spice in scrambled eggs, mix it in baby food, or buy empty gelatin capsules and place the spice inside.
- Research Homeopathy: Homeopathy is coined as “alternative medicine” in some countries. Well this is a bit of a stretch because the healing powers of homeopathy are powerful and effective! Homeopathy offers proven medicinal relief to a wide variety of common ailments. The best part about it is there are no side effects. Homeopathy uses substances from the earth in extreme diluted forms to enhance our body’s own healing power. Homeopathy works for headaches and is safe for pregnancy! Find a family guide to homeopathy here so you can learn how to treat your pain naturally.
- Get adequate sleep: Sleep is ridiculously healing to our bodies. If it is possible to take a nap, there is a great chance you or your child will wake up with less pain. Keeping kids up late and constantly on the move is a recipe for catching a bug. Prevent illness by getting restful sleep 90% of the time. This will strengthen the immune system.
We owe it to our children
Millennial Mothers have an advantage over all other mothering generations. We are in the Information Age. The internet has provided access to free knowledge and the family doctor is no longer the only resource for the best information regarding our child’s health and wellbeing.
We owe it to our children to stay informed on best medical practices. We owe it to our children to not poison them with chemicals we do not truly understand just because doctors say it is safe.
It does take time and courage to know how to help your child when they are sick. But aren’t they worth the little bit of extra work it takes to find good information?
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