Oh, those Methadone kids are the worst! I would so much rather have a baby whose mom just did heroin or crystal meth, I know that sounds awful, but it is so true.
We had a kid in our unit a few years ago that had the withdrawls the worst I have ever seen...we ended up having to intubate and totally sedate the kid for over a week( we had him on a Methadone gtt and a versed gtt), every time we let him wake up he totally freaked, puked, ripped the skin off his elbows, knees, etc. The mom told us, "Well, I don't know why he is doing so bad, none of my other 6 kids withdrew like this" :angryfire :uhoh21: What the hell! She had been on meth for YEARS! Surely going clinic to clinic. I agree...they should have to get a depo shot before they get their fix.
These kids do not go home on any narcotics, they have to be totally drug free and under control before they go home. They tend to be crabby kids though, a lot of them have pretty bad reflux too. It is so incredibly sad.