A baby girl addicted to opioids receives a dose of methadone to prevent her from going into withdrawal at Greenville Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.(Photo: JOSH MORGAN/Staff)Buy Photo
A baby born to a drug-addicted mom can suffer tremors, sleeplessness, muscle stiffness and other symptoms of withdrawal.
She might wail uncontrollably, be unable to relax or refuse to eat.
She might even have seizures.
And the traditional medical response has been to allow these infants to go into full withdrawal before treating them, said Dr. Jennifer Hudson, medical director of newborn services at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
But after a few years of watching these babies suffer, she decided this approach didn’t seem like the right thing to do.
She began giving these tiny patients small doses of methadone from the time they were born to ease or prevent the agony associated with withdrawal. The results were promising.
So a number of hospitals around the state will soon be offering this treatment