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.
>>>>>>> http://www.uichildrens.org/uploadedFiles/UIChildrens/Health_Professionals/Iowa_Neonatology_Handbook/Pharmacology/Neonatal%20Abstinence%20Syndrome%20Treatment%20Guidelines%20Feb2013%20revision.pdf

- 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