In 2018, 20 babies were reported to be suffering from addiction to heroin and cocaine. The NHS recently exposed the number of babies who were diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) between 2017 and 2018.
Experts revealed that the addiction came from mothers who likely used drugs including methadone, heroin, and cocaine.
The figure released includes the newborns that were addicted to drugs, and those same babies were also suffering from abnormal birth weight and developmental problems.
Withdrawal symptoms are also a common episode suffered by the babies. These symptoms include vomiting, fever, uncontrollable trembling, blotchy skin, and even diarrhea.
In rare occasions, some newborns even have to be given opiates to relieve them from drugs like heroin, and few are taken by authorities when they are only a few days old.
Cornwall has a higher number of babies born with NAS. The average figure reveals that about 20 babies are diagnosed with NAS. This figure dates back to the data from 2016 to 2017.
Mothers who take illegal drugs during their pregnancy sometimes feel devastating guilt. Penalizing them only deteriorates their relationship to their babies and prevents them from acquiring the help that they need.
The earlier the mothers try to find support the better the outcomes can be for both the baby and the mother.
Pregnant women that use these drugs realize sympathy, compassion, and care towards their babies. So rather than putting them in isolation or penalizing them, it is better to take a more positive approach for best results.
Throughout England, about 1,100 newborns are affected by drugs because of their mothers’ wrongdoings during their pregnancy. In most of the circumstances, the affected babies were taken into custody by child care organizations. But many experts believe that taking away the babies from their mothers will only bring undesirable results for the mother and the baby.