Pregnant women have been given stern warning to avoid taking paracetamol as it could be very dangerous to them.
Mothers-to-be who take paracetamol are more likely to have children with behavioural problems, new research suggests.
Scientists have found an association between mothers who took the drug in the first and third trimester of pregnancy and hyperactivity and emotional problems in their seven-year-old children.
Paracetamol is the world’s most popular painkiller and is the only one deemed safe to take during pregnancy.
But there is a growing body of research suggesting it could affect the development of children in the womb, with studies linking it with conditions as diverse as asthma, infertility and autism.