The babies, they are really unsettled, they really suffer, just like adults do when they withdraw from narcotics. The babies are very irritable and sometimes have high heart rates, sweating, flushing, diarrhea. They cry a lot. Often they need someone to really hold and cuddle and nurture them and support them.
I've walked the floor with many a crack baby. The crying never stops. At least, not for a month and a half or more. The shaking. The flailing. Often there are physical ailments as well - heart deformities, etc. Heart monitors. The child's in pain and has no idea why. It destroys a young psyche before it ever even has a chance. Mothers who allow this to happen to their kids ... it's beyond reprehensible. They need to experience these kids' torture directly, to make them veer from their path.
Meantime, getting that add-on to your CPR rating, for children in specific, is not a bad thing to do. Seemingly we need it today more than in the past.
And how sad that makes me.