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Crying part of sympton of drug baby?

07/08/2008

Question:

I just took custody of my 20 month (now 22 1/2) & I do not have a clue if his mother used meth while she was pregnant. My grandson does a whole lot of sceaming & crying, dosn`t seem to be in any pain. Could her have using drugs have anything to do with this behavior.

Answer:

Unfortunately, children are very affected by drug use by their mother when they are pregnant. The type of behavior mentioned could be related to amphetamine or cocaine usage. It could also be seen with other conditions. It would be best to have your grandchild's physician get involved at this point.

Best wishes.

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Response by:

Edna M Jones, MD, MRO Edna M Jones, MD, MRO
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University