My daughter recently gave birth to a premature crack addicted baby. The baby was in the hospital for 8 weeks. She is home now and cries a lot with piercing sceaming..Her body is always shaking and jerking. She is very restless and seem afraid. she is 4 months old and do not babble.She makes squaking noise like a squirrel. How do I help her.
Oh my that breaks my heart! I am so sorry that you are having to see your Grandchild like this and not knowing what to do to help. Call the Ped right away and see what they recommend. Every state has an early intervention program to help babies that are not meeting their milestones like other children their age. It is from birth to 3 years of age.I would look into that as well. But first things first you need to get that poor lil innocent baby the best help you can find!!!! I would have already taken the baby to the ER or somewhere cause it is not normal for an infant to jerk and shake. Please keep me posted as to what you find out about your Grandchild.
How sad and horrible for her Mom to do this. I won't comment what I really think this time cause it won't be nice at all, but glad your taking care of the baby and hope it recovers. Here is just something I found on google and hope it helps. Like the others say, talk to the ped right away. Did they tell you in hospital how they thought the baby would be? Here is what I found.
Getting love and support can be tricky, though. Many crack-addicted mothers simply aren't capable of providing much, if any. And crack babies can be difficult to care for. Still, it's important that they get the care they need -- no matter where it comes from. Experts recommend that caregivers focus on three main areas:
Avoid overstimulation. Crack babies are often fussy and irritable, particularly when overstimulated. Dimming bright lights and reducing loud noises and other distractions can help.
Be gentle. Crack babies may dislike being picked up and held, but it's important that they feel human contact. Experts advise a light touch when changing diapers or at meal time.
Be patient. If a baby is born addicted to crack, withdrawal symptoms can persist for up to four months. Other problems can last even longer. Patience is a particular virtue in caring for a crack baby, no matter how cranky the baby may be.
Any news on the lil one? I really hope everything is ok with her! Is she living with you and not with your daughter? I really hope and pray for the babies sake that she is with someone who can give her what she needs!
My girlfriend gave me her baby last week. She used crack most of her pregnancy. i think she has been using crack around him since he has been born. When she gave him too me he reeked of weed. This beautiful baby boy is almost 6 mos, he barely sleeps and just cant be consoled. A routine is out of the question. I hold him all the time trying to connect to him. Im going to keep on doing that. I pray alot too..ive been reading a lot about "crack babies" and there is hope...what we would consider spoiling, is what we have to do with these babies. Hold them all the time and cater to them. It takes dedication, but these children will thrive in the long run and be just as productive and happy as a non addicted baby! <3
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