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Doctor insights on: Children Born To Drug Addicted Mothers

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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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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 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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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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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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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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Can children learn addiction from their parents?

Can children learn addiction from their parents?

Absolutely: Chilldren learn by modeling the behavior of those around them. Living with parents whom are addicted; this is what they see and know. They see how their parents cope with life, deal with feelings and deal with others, which are all usually dysfunctional in someone with an addiction. There is also a genetic component to addiction as well. These children may take on unhealthy roles, can't be "kids". ...Read more

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Can giving aggressive children the weed drug prvent bullying?

Can giving aggressive children the weed drug prvent bullying?

No way!: Giving children weed is not an appropriate way to deal with bullying. Instead you need to investigate and deal with why a particular child is bullying. This may be very complicated, and many factors may inter-relate. Children frequently model what they are shown at home. They also can bully when chronically shamed and humiliated. http://tinyurl.com/ce4ygf look deeper, and work with the child. ...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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Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you. ...Read more

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What are benefits to a child who is born to older parents?

What are benefits to a child who is born to older parents?

Comic Answer: Bwaaa! i had my son at 39, he is now 15, I am 54. Remember late parenting= teen in puberty while you will be in menopause. Dueling hormones can be an experience. And yes you might be more patient because you will be tired. No worries having my son later has been my best experience ever- really:) I have friends who parented at 42-47- happy parents amazing kids. ...Read more

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Are fetal alcohol syndrome children more susceptible to addiction?

Are fetal alcohol syndrome children more susceptible to addiction?

Children with Fetal: Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have deficits in executive functions because alcohol targets & kills neurons in the fetal frontal cortex. Inability to understand cause-&-effect, learn from mistakes, control impulses & resist peer pressure ^ risk of alcoholism & substance abuse in teens with FASD separately from genetic loading for mental illness & addiction. See www. fasdcenter.samhsa.gov/Index.aspx ...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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Are there any long-term effects on adult children of mothers who took heroin during pregnancy?

Are there any long-term effects on adult children of mothers who took heroin during pregnancy?

Higher risk : For addiction, but otherwise there is little evidence for adverse effects on adult children of mothers who used heroin during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can a father's drug use during conception cause birth defects - for example cocaine, opioids, depressants, stimulants, LSD/Ecstacy?

Can a father's drug use during conception cause birth defects - for example cocaine, opioids, depressants, stimulants, LSD/Ecstacy?

Major drug abuse: A history of major drug abuse can cause damage to male reproductive health - but it would not be from a single use at the actual time of conception. I'd also think hard about the maturity and responsibility toward a potential child that you might expect from a man who abuses drugs enough to cause harm to his body. Creating a Life is serious business - even more than sex (which is too!) Be safe. ...Read more

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What happens to a child's mental health if their parents are both drug addicts?

What happens to a child's mental health if their parents are both drug addicts?

Leads to neglect: When both parents are addicts, there is a high likelihood of the children using drugs as well. Parents who are involved with drugs tend to be neglectful of their children and provide a very poor model for the children's development. ...Read more

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What are the effects of drug addicted mothers on their children?

What are the effects of drug addicted mothers on their children?

See below: A mother that is actively taking drugs can pass the drugs onto the baby. This means that the child can be born addicted to the same drugs that the mother is taking. All drugs and medications taken by the mother should be disclosed to the obstetrician so that steps can be taken to minimize the risk to the child. ...Read more

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If someone with ADHD smokes methamphetamine can they be charged for illegal drug use even though methamphetamine helps them with their ADHD ?

If someone with ADHD smokes methamphetamine can they be charged for illegal drug use even though methamphetamine helps them with their ADHD ?

Illegal is illegal: Even though methamphetamine or related drugs are sometimes prescribed for adhd, anyone using a medication that is not prescribed to them risks consequences for illegal drug use. In addition, prescribed stimulants are not intended to be smoked. If you are diagnosed with a pain condition and are found to have pain medication that is no prescribed to you, you can be charged with illegal possession. ...Read more

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Could psychiatrists drug children / teenagers for money?

Could psychiatrists drug children / teenagers for money?

Point of view?: Psychiatrists treat people of all ages for mental ; emotional illnesses. These treatments can involve medications, psychotherapy, combinations of these, or other methods. Like physicians of other specialties, they are paid for their work. This differs markedly from "drugging" children/teenagers for money, but i imagine some might interpret psychiatric work in this way. ...Read more

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