Can a child be born with a drug dependency?

If an expecting mother is addicted to drugs, is her chemical dependency passed-on to her unborn child? Would the baby then be born with a drug dependency?

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Yes. Most drugs do cross the uterine barrier to the developing child through the umbilical cord. If the mother took a certain drug on an ongoing basis while she was pregnant the chances are good that the child will be dependent on that drug as well. You should always let your OB/GYN and the delivery room staff know if you are addicted so they can be prepared to give the newborn special care in this area.


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