Pediatrics’ Jonathan Fanaroff talks danger of babies born to opiate-addicted moms

Babies born to opiate-addicted moms go through withdrawal

The Plain Dealer: In the past decade, the number of babies born addicted to opioids in the U.S. has risen dramatically; in Ohio, the number of women identified as being opiate addicted while pregnant or parenting has grown nearly 200 percent over the past seven years. Opiate withdrawal in babies is different and more difficult to treat than crack addiction, said Jonathan Fanaroff, associate professor of pediatrics. “They don’t die, but probably the most danger of [babies’] untreated addiction is seizures.”