Rx drugs

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Rx drugs
Tue, 07-20-2010 - 8:53am

Most parents on this board won't have to worry about this now, but because our kids often start experimenting during the teen years, I thought I'd post it here.

The article describes how taking some Rx drugs during pregnancy can lead to a newborn's having withdrawal symptoms worse than those from heroin. It's something to keep in the back of our heads so that we can remind our children when they decide to become parents.




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Registered: 12-03-1999
In reply to: janetlz
Tue, 07-20-2010 - 1:44pm

Along with NOT discussing common sense barriers to pregnancy and STD's, parents are also NOT discussing what kids need to do, and STOP doing, if they suspect they are pregnant.

It's not just the Rx opioids and painkillers--there are hundreds of Rx AND OTC drugs --and substances-- that cross the placental barrier and are potentially harmful to the developing fetus. The concern for parents of teens, is that many teens who become pregnant, or who are at risk for becoming pregnant, do NOT get early prenatal advice.

How many KIDS know that caffeine (and NOT just coffee-tea, soda, and chocolate too) can be harmful during pregnancy? http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/caffeine.html
And how about smoking? And aspirin? http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aspirin-during-pregnancy/AN01897
How many know that PERIODONTAL DISEASE--bleeding gums--is linked to low birth weight babies? http://www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.baby.htm
How many know that folic acid -B vitamins- can SIGNIFICANTLY reduce the risk of birth defects AND pregnancy complications? http://www.webmd.com/baby/folic-acid-and-pregnancy

These are discussions we should be having with our daughters as soon as they become capable of achieving pregnancy.