Taking care of drug addicted babies requires special training in order to know what their little bodies are going through and how to handle the fallout. Medical training is one thing, for doctors and nurses can be aware and implement necessary measures as needed. But once the medical status is stable, the baby simply had to get through the withdrawal process and this take a lot of patience, love and tender touches to get the baby through. This is why it is important that medical staff, foster parents and the parents if they are in the picture must all learn how to best soothe and comfort the baby who feels like the world outside of the womb is a painful and terrifying place.
The possible long term effects of being born drug addicted are many, some manifest and some do not. All caregivers of newborn addicts can do is hope to love and comfort the baby enough to ease the withdrawal and help the baby learn the world is not all scary. The foster parents or parents who care for a the baby must learn about the possible side effects in order to be on the lookout for things to crop up in the future. While the world is an unknown one for the future, there is plenty of hope when unconditional love is present.