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CONUS Archive
103122
VNR: COCAINE BABIES
HOUSTON, TX
PKG
8/19/1991
26:46
1:33
BEN TAUB HOSPITAL HOUSTON, TX YOLANDA, FORMER COCAINE USER DR. MARTA LIFSCHITZ, BAYLOR PEDIATRICIAN DR. KAREN JOHNSON, BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE DR. KAREN JOHNSON, REPORTING
DOCTOR EXAMINES BABY, SOT, DOCTOR TESTS HEARING OF BABY, VOLUNTEER FEEDING BABY, SOT, MOTHER AND HER BABY.
DOCTORS ARE FINDING THAT COCAINE BABIES MAY NOT NEED AS MUCH SPECIAL CARE AS THEY ORIGINALLY BELIEVED, AT LEAST NOT EARLY ON. AT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, SOME INFANTS BORN ADDICTED TO COCAINE ARE SHOWING MILD SYMPTOMS SUCH AS MILD TREMORS, BUT FOR THE MOST PART ARE BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME AS NORMAL BABIES. DR. KAREN JOHNSON WARNS, THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO DOWNPLAY THE DANGERS OF USING DRUGS DURING PREGNANCY AND IN FACT THE BABIES EXPOSURE TO THE DRUG MAY CAUSE COMPLICATIONS LATER ON. FOR NOW HOWEVER, THE NEWS IS GOOD AND BETTER THAN EXPECTED. QUESTIONS? PLEASE CALL DR. JOHNSON AT (713) 798-4712.U
LEAD: IN AN ONGOING EPIDEMIC OF COCAINE ABUSE, THERE IS INCREASING ATTENTION FOCUSED ON BABIES BORN TO DRUG-ADDICTED WOMEN. AND THERE'S A SURPRISING BIT OF GOOD NEWS. DOCTORS ARE DISCOVERING THAT COCAINE BABIES AREN'T FARING AS BADLY AS EXPECTED. DR. KAREN JOHNSON REPORTS.
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Keywords

DRUGS
PREGNANT
DANGEROUS
DANGERS
KIDS
BABIES
INFANTS
CHILDREN
WOMEN
COKE
HEALTH
MEDICAL
CONCERN
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