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Can hard drug abuse cause mental retardation in a child even if there wasn't any drug use during the actual pregnancy?
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
3 doctors agree
In brief: Early pregnancusage
If drugs are used before noticing pregnancy and then stopping usage would create mental retardation.
Also nutritional deficiency due to drug usage affects childs brain development and indirectly contributes to mental illness.

In brief: Early pregnancusage
If drugs are used before noticing pregnancy and then stopping usage would create mental retardation.
Also nutritional deficiency due to drug usage affects childs brain development and indirectly contributes to mental illness.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually not
Most drugs require transfer to the baby across the placenta.
Some previous drug use can affect the sperm; however, they tend to affect fertility and sometimes growth of the fetus rather than cause mental retardation.

In brief: Usually not
Most drugs require transfer to the baby across the placenta.
Some previous drug use can affect the sperm; however, they tend to affect fertility and sometimes growth of the fetus rather than cause mental retardation.
Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
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