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What Happens To Babies Born Addicted
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
Will my baby be born addicted i've been using tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 and i get sick when i don't bother with them i'm 36 wk is there a safe way to quit cold turkey?
None for sure: This question has been studied for 50 years. So far no long term effects have been shown. Babies are not born "addicted" to Methadone they are Methadone dependent and have to be weaned off of this opioid as they would any other. At the present time treatment with Methadone during pregnancy is preferable to suboxone primarily because Methadone has a longer history of use without long term effects. ...Read more
Opiates Pregnancy: They are high. What if you only ate rat poison in little amounts, or injected medicines known to cause deformities in little amounts. Not to be too crass but I have women worried about eating processed meats calling to see if it will hurt their baby. For what ever reason you have a new life inside, give it every chance to start life clean and healthy, not addicted. You can do it Mom, be strong! ...Read more
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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