The opioid problem is still causing a lot of death in the US. A new study discovered that more and more babies in the US are being born with opioid addiction. This is concerning for both parents and doctors. This study also revealed that the ones that are more affected are the babies born in US rural areas.
The opioid addiction at birth happens when a baby was exposed to drugs while it was in utero. Mothers need to be more careful with their diet and bad habits while they are pregnant because opioid addiction can cause other problems to babies. Children have bigger risks of developing certain diseases than adults have.
The number of cases of babies born in rural areas with opioid addiction has been increasing a lot in the last 13 years. This report showed that in 2003 there were only 1 in 1,000 cases of opioid addiction when it came to babies born in rural areas. By 2013 the number increased to 8 in 1,000 cases.
Babies born in urban areas don’t have the same rate. The study showed that the percentage of babies born in urban areas with opioid addiction is much lower. The rate of babies from rural areas born with this problem is 80% bigger than that of babies born in urban areas.
The opioid addiction at birth is known as neonatal abstinence syndrome. This disorder can cause a lot of health problems for these little humans. First of all, it can affect their respiratory system causing breathing problems. It can also affect the way they sleep. Other problems caused by neonatal abstinence syndrome are seizures and low birth weight.
Despite the fact that man studies showed that in the last years there have been more and more babies born with this problem, this is the first report which shows that babies from rural areas are much likely to be born with it.
Pregnant women need to be more careful when it comes to their habits because every little mistake can affect the fetus and it can cause problems in the long run. Let’s hope that the rate of babies born with opioid addiction doesn’t increase in the next years.
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