Methadone in Newborn

  1. Hey all...I have a very complicated situation with a bipolar patient who just delivered a baby diagnosed with Sotos. Pt gave me medical records to read up on Sotos. I came across a hospital discharge that states newborn was weaned from Methadone. Is there any other medical reason, other than addiction, that an infant is placed on Methadone. I feel confident the Sotos is unrelated as it is a cluster of endocrine disorders with some physical abnormalities but I could be wrong. Thoughts? And thank you!
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  3. by   umcRN
    The only other medical reason I can think of that isnt weaning from being addicted at birth is if the infant had any kind of major illness early on in life that required heavy sedation, then Methadone would be used to wean off of something like Morphine, and those weans can go on for months depending on how dependent the baby is on it
  4. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    You've revealed an awful lot of information in this post. And a significant degree of morbid curiosity...

    All of the intensivists on my unit are methadone prescribers. We use it for opiate weaning in our long-term chronically critical patients.