Born an addict: Clues from umbilical cords

How much does a child inherit in addiction from using mothers?   Consider becoming a certified substance abuse counselor
How much does a child inherit in addiction from using mothers? Consider becoming a certified substance abuse counselor

Every baby born that enters this world, arrives with an umbilical cord in tow. For those babies born addicted to drugs, that umbilical cord is now a key connection — a hard to hide clue — for identifying what drugs are coursing through a newborn’s veins. The drug(s) detected will help physicians determine the best treatment and what withdrawal symptoms to expect.

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It is especially sad when a child is born into the world with addiction flowing through his or her veins because of an abusing mother.  This article looks at what doctors can learn from the umbilical cord.

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