Child protection agencies (CPS), will often charge parents with “failure to thrive.” I’ve personally been involved with a couple of local cases – one case the child actually had a genetic predisposition toward low-weight gain.
I’ve spent the entire day watching and re-watching a documentary called The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane?. I’ve discovered something that might be helpful to parents who are, or have been charged with failure to thrive in their infant.
According to The Marketing of Madness: Are we all insane?, infants of mothers who were prescribed certain anti-depressants or psychotropic drugs during pregnancy, can experience withdrawal symptoms after birth. One of the side-effects of withdrawal is weigh loss and could mistakenly be misdiagnosed in infants as failure to thrive.
Parents fighting charges of failure to thrive, could be dealing with an infant suffering through withdrawal of these dangerous drugs, if the mother was being treated during pregnancy. Signs of withdrawal include:
- abnormal sleep patterns
- failure to gain weight
Be sure to obtain documentation from your physician and hire an expert, if you can afford one. Be sure to save a copy of this documentation for your attorney to use in your defense at court.
Marketing of Madness Official Trailer