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Congenital addictions

Discussion in 'Helping an Addicted Child' started by remnant, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. remnant

    remnant Community Champion

    Some children are born with addictions to either narcotics or prescription drugs used by their mothers during pregnancy. These children are unwitting partakers of these drugs. When they are born, they face withdrawal symptoms just like normal addicts. How should one help such children?
  2. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    It's better for both baby and the drug abusing mother to get treatment even though there are some other ways to help such babies:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neonatal_withdrawal
    Some babies may actually need small doses of drugs which they are then weaned off after a little while. This is why one should must seek treatment first.
  3. LoveEcho

    LoveEcho Community Champion

    I completely agree with weaning addicted babies! I think it's awful to let a baby face such torture as a young child. Attempting to let an infant "ride out" the withdrawals is really dangerous... especially infant born with large amounts of opioids in their system. Babies have died from opioid withdrawal symptoms.

    http://www.ekathimerini.com/204743/...otics-withdrawal-symptoms-in-baby-girls-death