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Babies born suffering from opioid withdrawal

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1 in 25 babies are born with the neonatal abstinence syndrome. 1 in 25 babies are born with the neonatal abstinence syndrome.
For those babies who are suffering from opioid withdrawals, St. Rita's has a rocking program where people can sign up and come in and comfort these newborn babies. For those babies who are suffering from opioid withdrawals, St. Rita's has a rocking program where people can sign up and come in and comfort these newborn babies.

The number of opioid babies born is quickly increasing, and medical officials say they may reach their peak in 2018.

Neonatal nurse at St. Rita's Debora Krendl says the epidemic increase started in 2012 and as of right now, 1 in 25 babies are born with the neonatal abstinence syndrome. Krendl says common complications include premature babies, feeding disturbances, high pitched cries and in worse cases, seizures. She says they're working with pregnant mothers to help them fight through their addictions.

"We're finally lucky to have some local physicians that are willing to work with the pregnant mother that is having some opiate use problems, and that's great if they can be upfront and seek care while pregnant. There are medications that we can use to help the mother come off the opiates. They still have some consequences, but at least it's controlled an we're all aware and we can watch the newborn then for signs and symptoms of withdrawal," said Krendl.

For those babies who are suffering from opioid withdrawals, St. Rita's has a rocking program where people can sign up and come in and comfort these newborn babies.

"The way that it works is we start with anyone that would like to come in and provide comfort for babies such as holding, feeding, rocking babies. They would start with our volunteer services and then we would provide a training class for them that lasts for about an hour to two and then as the needs approach, another words if we have babies that are going through withdrawal we would contact our cuddlers," explained St. Rita's Nurse, Cyndi Sprague.

Anyone interested in the program can contact St. Rita's Volunteer Services at 419-226-9038.

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