Prenatal Drug Exposure — What Parents Need To Know

Your baby may have experienced prenatal drug exposure. Our adoption medicine expert explains what to watch out for and how to respond.

Prenatal Drug Exposure - What You Need To Know
It’s prudent to make the assumption that any child for whom an adoption plan is made — whether a domestic or international placement, independently or through an agency — is at risk for the effects of prenatal substance abuse. Although this might sound very frightening, research shows, in fact, that almost all children will do well in a loving, stimulating home. Although medical professionals frequently request testing of a newborn’s urine to determine exposure to drugs, these screens have little ...

If there’s a possibility that the baby you are planning to adopt was exposed to drugs in utero, what should you be prepared for?


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