Baby Methadone Withdrawal


Please help. My doctor had me on percoset 10/325 4 times a day. That was for over a year. Well I found out I was pregnant and the doctors promised me it was ok for me to take them. Well I started not taking as many cause I wanted to stop for my baby. I started getting sick and at first had no clue why. The doctor told me I was going thru withdrawel and I couldn't stop taking the meds while I was pregnant cause it could hurt me and the baby. Long story short they recommended me start methadone while I was pregnant. Well my baby was five weeks early they said more than likely it had nothing to do with the methadone. He was fine at first. He weighed 5 pds 6 oz. After a few days the nurses said he started showing signs of withdrawal. They started him on methadone. He was in that hospital almost 40 days trying to get him off they were i****s had no clue how to care for a baby in this condition. They weened him down the last day they out him back in said he was to fussy they had to start it back. I started threatening to go to a different hospital. Finally he was released after being off the methadone for. 4 days. He was a fussy baby. Well it's been over two weeks and it seems he is just now showing signs if withdrawel. He's restless, crying , no sleep and really jumpy. I'm losing my mind. I try to help him but I don't know what to do. It seems to cruel to just let him suffer. He's only. 7 weeks old. I give him hot baths to help with the restless. It helps a little. The doctors say there is nothing to do. One dr put him on. Klonopin which don't do much. Please help me. What can I do for him. How long will this last. Please if anyone has been thru this let me know. I'm so sad I feel like I did this to him even though I was practically forced to do this or Dss was coming in which they did anyway. There is a lot more to this story. The hospital took some of the symptoms blaming the methadone when it was colic. They ruined my baby. I know it's on me to but I believe if he went to a hospital that knew more we would not be dealing with this. Thanks. Please help.

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Hello, Worried mom! I understand your concern and I'm sorry about everything that you've been through.

When is the last time your son saw his pediatrician?

There are many things that could cause such symptoms in an infant, including colic, so it's difficult to guess whether it's withdrawal or something else. My son had those same symptoms and it was due to colic, I'd not taking anything stronger than Tylenol, while pregnant.

If his status were questionable, the hospital wouldn't have released him.

This is a narcotic analgesic, so it has the potential to be habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and constipation.

How much Klonopin did they prescribe? The concern there is that it also carries the risk of being habit forming, even in children, according to the FDA and could cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache and irritability.

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This absolute madness. I see this was quite a while ago, I really hope you both got thru OK. I've had 4 children while on methadone, your early delivery probably wasn't because of your meds. I'm in Australia, babies are never detoxed with methadone here. They give them phenobarb, also an opiate but not as harsh. Its strange it took 5 days for your babe to show detox signs, they present in 24 hrs, 48 absolute max, if at all. It can be hard to determine detox in newborns, unless its really severe, as a lot of symptoms are what newborns do normally. The nurses in neonatal intensive care should of kept a score sheet of sneezing, tremors, unsettled, etc hourly from birth. Each symptom monitored seperatly. For example with sneezing zero for none, one for a sneeze, two for more than one at a time. If baby scores a total of 10 over 3 hours, phenobarb is given. Depending on tons of variables, baby's meds will be decreased over many weeks, but can be as little as two weeks. Only one of mine was affected, but meds were only given for 5 days, then he was fine no drama. For your baby to be OK for 5 days then they say detox has started isn't right at all. Did you think it was or was it your history that made them assume it? I'm horrified at the hospitals ignorance and treatment of your baby, what kind of medical training do they get there?! If ever you have to go thru birth while on meds, find an experienced pediatrician, whose dealt with dependant babies in a rational caring safe way. Your antenatal Dr should of been prepared, what a total dud! Hope your both doing well now x

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I am an RN, but have not ever wanted to work with babies and small children, it is so painful to see a baby born with a drug addiction or HIV?AIDS. But if this was my baby, I would take him/her to Children's Hospital where the expects on child care. I will pray for you and your baby, and please know that the worse part is over. You must be a good mom, taking pain medication on a regular basis is something that can't be helped, and this was bad timing for you to decide to get pregnant. You should have worked with your doctor on withdrawing from hydrocodone before getting pregnant. Please be patient now while the doctors try to help your baby overcome this tragedy that you have created. Pray to God to help your baby overcome his/her problem. Pray that he will help you overcome this trauma in your life and ask for his help. God bless you and your baby.

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It is not her fault or problem she created. Having a child just happens sometimes. I didn't find out I was pregnant till it was too far along. Life happens, you just have to go with the flow and being a nurse u should know that. Please don't come on these medical posts and judge someone for their choices. We all make good and bad choices sometimes in our life. It just depends on which ones we keep making. God bless u. I'm not judging his children on their choices in life.

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