Newborns Exposed to Methamphetamine Before Birth Are Hard to Arouse, Hard to Calm Down, Study Suggests

By ScienceDaily


A scale used to assess the behavior of newborns exposed to methamphetamine before birth might be able to identify those children who will develop problems later on, according to a study presented on May 1, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver.

A large body of research shows that prenatal exposure to cocaine can lead to cognitive and behavioral problems in children. Recently, methamphetamine has become the drug of choice for many pregnant drug users, according to study co-author Barry M. Lester, PhD. Despite its widespread use, little is known about the potential consequences of prenatal meth exposure on the development of children.

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