Thursday, December 19, 2013

What happens if It's suspected that Your Baby is Going Through Withdrawal?

This is a link from a protocol from a hospital that describes the Clinical signs of withdrawal that hospital workers look for, how long the withdrawals last, etc.

- When hospital workers suspect that a baby may be going through withdrawals they collect the baby's first stool, and bring it to a lab. They can detect drugs use from the babies first 6 weeks in the womb. If traces of drugs are found they go along with a certain protocol depending on the babies symptoms.

- As the child grows older they may be affected by the drugs the mother did in the womb, these are some therapies that children are sent to because of these health issues.
  • speech therapy

  • physical therapy
  • pediatric nutritionist or dietician
  • occupational therapy
  • behavior therapy/ developmental help based on assessments

  • respiratory therapy if breathing problems

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Neonatal Alcohol Withdrawal & Adulthood of the Baby

If alcohol is used by a pregnant women there is potential that you're baby will end up with Neonatal Alcohol Withdrawal. These are the symptoms that your baby can develop from the withdrawal of alcohol. 
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Irritability
  • Tremors

  • Seizures
  • temperature instability
  • Blood pressure instability (hypo-tension or hyper-tension)

Although these symptoms can go away after a few weeks after birth the child can still be effected in the future. These are some of the symptoms that the child may experience into and throughout adulthood....
  • Alcohol & drug dependence
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Antisocial
  • Depression
  • Higher rate of Suicide

Thursday, November 7, 2013

How will the use of alcohol effect your baby?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a term that describes the effects that can happen to a person who's mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can include, physical, mental, behavioral & learning disabilities. FASD can not be diagnosed, but the the diagnoses under the category of FASD can be. For example:
FAS - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • growth deficiency 
  • a unique cluster of minor facial anomalies (small eyes, smooth philtrum, thin upper lip).
  • central nervous system damage
  • prenatal alcohol exposure
This is a picture to show the facial anomalies of a baby who is effected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 

Partial FAS (Not as serious case of FAS)
  • most of the growth deficiency and/or facial features of FAS.
  • central nervous system damage (structural, neurological, and/or functional impairment).
  • prenatal alcohol exposure.

Alcohol related neurodevelopmental disorder 
  • central nervous system damage (structural, neurological, and/or functional impairment).
  • prenatal alcohol exposure.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Your Baby Consumes What You Consume!!!


What should you do if your pregnant, but addicted to drugs? 
Obviously, If when you are pregnant you need to be cautious of what substances you put into your body. Because whatever you consume, your baby also consumes. Studies have shown that the consumption of illegal drugs during pregnancy can lead to many many issues including; miscarriage  low birth weight, premature labor, placental eruption,fetal death and even the death of the mother. This isn't even all of the problems that can occur, so knowing the basics is very important ! The most common abused drugs by pregnant women are;
* Marijuana                                     * Cocaine Heroine 
* Heroine 
* PCP & LSD 
* Methamphetamine