What to Do When Your Foster Child Exhibits Strange Symptoms
If your foster child exhibits strange symptoms, it may be a sign of something much more serious. You see, an alarming number of children entering the foster care system are found to have drugs in their system. In some states, an average of 8 out of 10 children are testing positive for a mixture of drugs, the majority of which are opioids. Tragically, many of these drug-positive children are babies and infants.
A pregnant mother may take opioids for pain management or because she has an addiction to them. Her unborn child is then exposed to these drugs while in the womb, getting addicted to them before he or she is even born. After birth, the newborn is suddenly cut off from the drugs they have grown to depend on. Painfully, they are catapulted into a harsh drug withdrawal, just like any other addict.
But, this withdrawal can turn into something called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS. NAS is a group of agonizing symptoms endured by infants, caused by exposure to opioid drugs while in the womb.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Can Have Lifelong Effects on Children, and It’s Worse in Tennessee.
The initial symptoms of NAS may include vomiting, sweating, seizures, an infant refusing to feed, hyper irritation, blotchy skin, and more. But, the long-term effects are often far worse. These can include hearing disabilities, brain disorders, language delays, problems developing, seizures, and psychiatric illness.
Unfortunately, this problem is not getting better. In the last fifteen years, the rate of infants born with NAS has quadrupled. Alarmingly, the number of Tennessee children suffering with NAS is higher than in other parts of the country.
Treating the effects of NAS can require a lifetime of costly medical care. This is why it’s so important to seek legal help if your foster child exhibits strange symptoms, especially those of NAS. Our attorneys are ready to take on the major opioid manufacturers and get you the compensation you deserve.
You Need Legal Help If Your Child has NAS.
As a foster parent, social worker, or case worker, we know that you open your home and your heart to children in need. You shouldn’t have to be responsible for the burden of costly medical care required to treat NAS and its long-term effects on the children you care for. That’s where we come in. We will fight for just compensation for you and your family from the pharmaceutical companies responsible.
If you suspect your child has NAS, or may have had it as an infant, it’s important that we speak with you right away. We want to hear your story, and we want to fight for you. Contact an experienced infant opioid withdrawal attorney today. The call is absolutely free.