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Doctor insights on: Babies Born To Drug Addicted Mothers

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What happens to babies whose moms are addicted?

What happens to babies whose moms are addicted?

After detox: They will develop normally. Unfortunately, they often start with disadvantages and don't catch up. What is of concern is increased tendency to addiction when older. ...Read more

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Can mothers breastfeed adopted children?

Can mothers breastfeed adopted children?

Yes: I believe there have been cases where women gave birth to very premature infants whose condition prevented early feeding but went on to sucessfully breast feed later. The process took some harmonal manipulation to reverse the drying out process but did work. I would consult with an obgyn specialist to see if they could help or knew someone that could. ...Read more

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How are babies born already addicted to a drug?

How are babies born already addicted to a drug?

It happends: If a babies nervous system has been exposed to addictive substances during the later stages of pregnancy, they will generally undergo a withdrawal process similar to that of an addict after birth. This can be very dramatic, with high pitched crying & a hyper reactive nervous system for days or weeks after birth. Pediatricians and neonatologists will often medicate the child for comfort during this. ...Read more

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Effects in teenage boy born addicted to meth?

Effects in teenage boy born addicted to meth?

In utero drug expose: Several long term effects of in utero drug exposure. Add, adhd, dyslexia, memory lapse, addition potential, average or below average iq, risk taking behavior etc., etc. ...Read more

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How do babies be born addicted to a drug?

How do babies be born addicted to a drug?

Placental transfer: If the mother uses drugs, the blood flow to her body is the same to the fetus through the placenta/umbilical cord. The babies nervous system and tissues acquire & process the drug in a similar way to that of mom, and the abrupt withdrawal of the drug by delivery will often produce withdrawal symptoms in the baby. ...Read more

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Can babies recognize their mothers' voices at birth?

Can babies recognize their mothers' voices at birth?

Yes: The prevailing information when i looked into this stated a firm preference for mothers voice was established by 8 hours(compaired to similar sounding women) with dad trailing behind a bit at 24 hrs. So the answer is sort of both yes and no. I find it amazing that a newborn can sort out all the new sounds they have to deal with that soon. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding moms smoke synthetic marijuana?

Can breastfeeding moms smoke synthetic marijuana?

NO: Synthetic marijuana ("spice") has been made illegal in many states - smoking it results in significant lung injury and even death. I you are not only endangering yourself - but your unborn child as well. ...Read more

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How will xanax (alprazolam) effect newborn baby being breastfed?

How will xanax (alprazolam) effect newborn baby being breastfed?

Yes.: Infants receive 3% of maternal dose and have been noted to have discontinuation syndromes. ...Read more

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New born babies to Sooth used pacifier ?

New born babies to Sooth used pacifier


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NO: Do not give a used pacifier to a newborn. It carries a risk of introducing bacteria and fungal elements to an immature immune system. Most hospitals will give you a bew pacifier if you must have one. Or you could let your baby nurse to soothe. ...Read more

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Will a child born addicted to drugs be more susceptible to drugs later in life?

Will a child born addicted to drugs be more susceptible to drugs later in life?

No: Being adddicted at birth is by chance and later in life choosing to stay addicted is by choice. ...Read more

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Do teenagers give birth to a baby earlier than adult mothers?

Many do: Unfortunately the younger the mom the more likely they are to have some of the complications of pregnancy including premature labor, high blood pressure & other problems that result in early deliveries.Some do fine & deliver at term & for all, close OB care can help avoid an early delivery & worrisome problems for baby. ...Read more

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What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

Depends On Control: There is no single digit answer you can apply to an individual patient. One brazillian study in 2011 found that 14% of 400 women delivered prematurely, but the rate really depends on how well the mother controls her disease, other issues like preeclampsia, and the reason for delivery (poor control can cause other problems for the mom/baby that could require a cesarean section before 38 weeks). ...Read more

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Can women with diabetes breastfeed their babies?

Can women with diabetes breastfeed their babies?

Yes: I encourage all mothers with geatational or regular diabetes to breast feed. Your body has prepaired itself for the process & your body will make nutritious breast milk even as you struggle to keep your own levels normal. The bm you make will mobalize and transfer some of the pregnancy acquired fat into the milk helping baby grow & you stabalize your system. ...Read more

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Can adoptive mom breastfeed?

Can adoptive mom breastfeed?

Yes: You will need to follow a set of instructions, meds that a breastfeeding management friendly doc can give you. Remember that you may not have a supply sufficient for all your adopted baby's dietary needs. May need donated human milk ($$$) and/or supplement with infant formula. ...Read more

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How do hospitals check newborn babies if positive for methamphetamines?

How do hospitals check newborn babies if positive for methamphetamines?

Carefully, because: Methamphetamines constrict blood vessels & can cause prenatal "strokes" or small cystic areas in the brain, tiny fingernails & toenails, small fingers & toes, especially the 5th digits, rapid heart & respiratory rates the 1st 3 months. Calm, even sluggish 1st few mos., then hyperactive as early as 11 mos. With executive functions deficits later. Early intervention helps + no further exposure. ...Read more

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Can they test all babies born in hospitals at birth?

Yes!: The newborn screening is universal for all babies to test for various disorders that may be present at birth. Most of the problems screened for can be very serious if not addressed early in life. ...Read more

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What effects has THC on breast feeding babies if mother consumes?

What effects has THC on breast feeding babies if mother consumes?

THC: Thc can impair a mother's judgment and child care abilities. There is concern that marijuana may have effect on neurotransmitters and nervous system development of the infant. For a more complete answer please refer to lactmed- from the us national institutes of health. http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/f?./temp/~sgjkqy:1. ...Read more

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Can heroin addicted babies show signs of complete calmness?

Can heroin addicted babies show signs of complete calmness?

Yes: Neonatal abstinence syndrome occurs in about 60 to 80 percent of heroin-exposed infants. Its onset is usually within 72 hours of birth, with a high mortality if the syndrome is severe and untreated. Premature infants have been reported to show a less severe abstinence syndrome following opiate exposure. ...Read more