The first long term study of how using meth during pregnancy affects children found that the drug use can developmentally affect these children. According to The Washington Post , anxiety, depression, and moodiness were observed more often in children. The difference was not huge, but still cause for concern.
Meth babies and crack babies share many of the same characteristics, as they are smaller in size and more prone to drowsiness. The new study was published in Pediatrics, and paid for by The National Institutes For Health, including a grant from The National Institute on Drug Abuse. Government data indicates that 10 million Americans have used meth, and fewer than 1% of pregnant women are users.
The study tracked from ages 3 to 5, built on the first part of the study that began when these children were born. The study used babies whose stool samples had meth present at the time of birth. The children exposed to meth prenatally showed signs of anxiety, depression, and moodiness from ages 3 to 5. Older children exposed to meth also had more instances of ADD and ADHD. More than half of the mothers who used meth during pregnancy, also used meth after the children were born.