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Baby Addicts

The opioid crisis is not only damaging adults but babies too. According to Reuters Investigates, a baby is born dependent on opioids every 19 minutes in the U.S. Babies are diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Babies born between 1999 and 2013 with NAS has increased by 300%! NAS is caused by moms that are exposed to opioids. 

In the article, "Our Littlest Addicts," Brie Edmonds states that some common opioid withdraw symptoms babies might have include:

•Vomiting or Diarrhea

•Fever or Sweating

•Seizures or Body Shakes

•Poor Sucking and Slow Weight Gain

•Fast Breathing

•Trouble sleeping and lots of yawning

•Stuffy nose or sneezing

According to March of Dimes, "If treated, most babies with NAS get better in 5 to 30 days."

Doctors are considering adding a drug screen for new born babies. By doing so, doctors can detect if any substances are present in the babies blood stream and can immediately start treatment for affected babies. 

 If you or someone you know is pregnant and struggling with substance abuse, seek help from a reputable resource such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and their 24/7 national helpline, 1.800.662.HELP.

Author: Joscelyn Mendoza
Date: October 08, 2018