A one-month-old baby girl is fighting for her life in intensive care after ingesting cocaine through her mother’s breast milk.
The baby girl was hospitalised in the Orlando Alassia Children’s Hospital in the city of Santa Fe in the Argentine province of the same name with serious breathing problems caused by ingesting cocaine through her mother’s breast milk.
After clinical analysis the mother confessed to having taken cocaine before breastfeeding her one-month-old daughter, and checks confirmed the presence of the drug in the baby’s blood.
The girl, whose name has not been reported, is currently in intensive care and local media report hospital staff called the Secretary of the Rights of Children, Adolescents and Family to take over the case.
The investigation is ongoing.
In November 2018, in the Argentine city of Berisso, a one-year-old boy was hospitalised due to cocaine poisoning. The parents had brought the baby to hospital and after his urine was checked cocaine was detected in his blood.
The boy’s father reportedly admitted that both he and the boy’s mother were addicted to cocaine.
However, on this occasion tests showed the level of cocaine in the boy’s blood was too high to have been ingested through breastfeeding as they had claimed, and it was suspected that the baby had been fed the drug by the parents or had taken the drug by accident.
The parents were arrested and charged with abandonment. It is unclear if the case has gone to trial.