Health & Family How to help babies born to opioid-addicted mothers? Keep them with mom By ALISON BOWEN Chicago Tribune LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story August 06, 2018 04:00 AM Jessica King’s daughter was in the intensive care unit. The newborn was twitching, and doctors were monitoring her for symptoms such as vomiting and sweating. King, 35, felt devastated to see her daughter this way. She was also gutted by guilt that her actions had put her there. “I just remember thinking, ‘I’m either going to let this consume me, the guilt and the shame, or I’m going to move on, and I’m going to keep trying to do the next right thing,’ ” said King, who battles with opioid addiction, which can include heroin, fentanyl and prescription pain relievers like oxycodone. In May, first lady Melania Trump highlighted the impact of opioids on newborns and their mothers as part of her new Be Best campaign. The campaign focuses on children’s well-being, social media use and the impact of opioid abuse on children. The initiative promises to support families, including supporting healthy pregnancies. Be the first to know. No one covers what is happening in… Read full this story
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