You might be asking yourself, why should I question the safety of Tylenol? Doctors have been recommending it to pregnant women and children for years.
In many households, Tylenol is a family staple, taking care of all aches and pains without a second thought.
This modern world is indeed blessed to have Tyelnol as an option. However, Tylenol is overused. I hope to peak your interest in the alternative ways to control your family’s pain.
Or better yet, these alternative ways will become the first line of defense when your mothering journey requires pain medication.
The main purpose of this article is to highlight that Tylenol is not completely safe and could in fact, be quite dangerous for pregnant women and children.
What is the danger of Tylenol and how does it increase the risk of Autism?
This is not the first time in history that an over-the-counter drug, commonly viewed as “safe,” was discovered to be dangerous and damaging to the human body.
An association between children’s aspirin and Reye’s syndrome became apparent in the 1980s. (source) This dangerous condition involves swelling of the liver and the brain. Reye’s syndrome can lead to personality changes, seizures, coma, and death (source). Until then, aspirin was the number one recommended pain reliever for children.
Now doctors recommend Tylenol..
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) changes the mitochondria by depleting glutathione. Glutathione is an essential biochemical that binds and eliminates toxins from the body. Without this, toxins will build up and collect in the brain and liver, and stunt 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.
Another study found that when women consumed Tylenol during pregnancy, their children were at increased risk to develop severe ADD and hyperactivity.
If these possibilities are not enough to be cautious when reaching for a bottle of Tylenol, you must consider that acetaminophen is not the only component that makes up a bottle children’s Tylenol.
Harmful inactive ingredients
When my son was teething, I thought to myself, “Well what is the likelihood of a rare but devastating neurotoxic event happening to MY kid?” It is so tempting to think this way, especially when you have the power to take your child’s pain away with a simple dose of Tylenol.
But we moms must also consider the inactive ingredients which are contributing to the ill health of children and stunt the body’s ability to heal naturally.
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 fact that high fructose corn syrup is the sugary syrup base of all these poisons our ignorant children are happily swallowing. HFCS is made from genetically modified corn, which is developed in a lab to withstand gobs of Roundup being sprayed all over it. You see, this makes corn cheaper and faster to grow.
HFCS is highly processed, and the consumption of it 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
I am not claiming to be some kind of crunchy mama saint who was always the wiser to this information. My eyes are widening in disbelief. I am a registered nurse and I was never trained on any of this in pharmacology class.
I don’t want this post to be all doom and gloom because let’s face it, pregnancy hurts. So does teething and many other parts of growing up.
So what is a concerned mama to do to manage pain for herself and her children?
I am going to be completely honest with you, there is not a single natural remedy that will trick the brain from feeling pain within 15 minutes the way that Tylenol can. For this reason, it’s always something I will keep in the house just in case.
Any mom who wants to learn how to ease their family’s pain naturally, will need to have grit. You will need to have courage and trust your instincts as you learn about natural remedies and the art of helping the body heal from within.
There will be times where you will wonder, “Am I doing the right thing or picking the right remedy?” It will be the most agonizing waiting game of your life.
I just recently went through this as my son went through his second round of teething. He was screaming and I was SO close to reaching for that bottle of Tylenol. He finally calmed down after a Chamomile bath.
I am currently educating myself on alternative medicine so that I can be prepared when my family needs me to be their healer. The following is by no means a comprehensive list but here are a few smart ways to minimize pain naturally:
- 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.
- Homeopathy: Homeopathy is coined as “alternative medicine” in my country. I have personally felt the healing power of homeopathy in my own body when I was having very uncomfortable menstral cramps. The best part about this form of medicine is the lack of side effects. You won’t hear many pediatricians talk about homeopathy. They aren’t trained in it and most view it as “quackery.” Homeopathy has helped my family through some serious hard times. It works for headaches and is safe for pregnancy! It is also great for teething pain! 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 necesarry but sometimes your body needs to slow down. 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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