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Smoking, Nicotine Alternatives During Pregnancy May Increase Risk for ADHD in Newborns

Women who use alternative nicotine products such as nicotine patches during pregnancy may be contributing to an increased risk for ADHD in their newborn child,  a Reuters article reports.  A study published in Pediatrics looked at 80,000 children born over a six-year period, noting that when compared to children with parents who did not smoke, children with parents who did smoke were 83 percent more likely to have ADHD. Those who used alternative nicotine products had children with healthier birth weights, but still had an ADHD likelihood similar to those who smoked. At this point, researchers said the best strategy to employ is to stop nicotine intake completely before becoming pregnant.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in Pediatrics.