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Good News for Laboring Moms: Study Finds No Link Between Pitocin and ADHD

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If you have ever spent time worrying that the Pitocin used to aid your delivery could result in ADHD in your kid, now would be a good time to relax.

Earlier, some scientists had raised flags concerning the possibility that Pitocin, a manufactured version of the hormone oxytocin that is frequently used to speed along childbirth, could be linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder later in those babies' lives. But a significant new study found no connection between the two. Whew!

The new data, published online in the journal Pediatrics, comes from the birth records for more than a half million babies born in Denmark over an eight-year period ending in 2008. Less than one percent of the kids whose moms had been treated with Pitocin—26 percent of the total group—ever developed or were treated for the attention disorder.

Researchers did however find an increase in the occurance of ADHD in kids born to moms who were under the age of 20, or babies who were born prematurely before 32 weeks, and whose birth weights were less than 6.35 pounds.

Given that Pitocin played a role in my own babies' births, I'm relieved to see the new data. One less thing to worry about!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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