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Doctor insights on: What Happens To Babies Born Addicted

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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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What are some of the long term effects of being born addicted to drugs?

What are some of the long term effects of being born addicted to drugs?

Developmental and : Cognitive problems. Children born addicted often have learning issues, and are at higher risk for add/adhd emotional issues. Many do just fine with good nutrition and therapies early on when any issues surface. ...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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What are the long term side effects to being born addicted to methadone?

What are the long term side effects to being born addicted to methadone?

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

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Can you tell me the long term side effects of being born addicted to methadone?

Can you tell me the long term side effects of being born addicted to methadone?

Methadone and Infant: This is a question that is best discussed with your neonatologist/high risk obstetrician and you if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant and are taking methadone. ...Read more

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What are the chances my newborn will be born addicted to opiates if I only used small amounts?

What are the chances my newborn will be born addicted to opiates if I only used small amounts?

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

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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