( VIDEO ) Melania Took Secret Trip And The Incredible Reason Has Finally Been Revealed; Gets National Applause

First Lady Melania Trump took a flight to Huntington, West Virginia on a mission without her husband President Donald Trump.

Her mission was not about politics but instead about an issue she cares a great deal about. The well being of children.

She visited a place called “Lily’s Place” which is a medical facility that gives life-saving treatment to babies who are suffering from a neonatal abstinence syndrome which results from the mother abusing drugs while she was pregnant. The facility doesn’t actually just help babies, but it also helps the parents cope with drug addiction so they can have a better life once the baby is able to go home.

The first lady also took the time to visit with the parents of the babies who are currently undergoing rehab for drug addiction and said she wanted to be an inspiration to through her new initiative #GetBest as they move towards a drug-free life.

After she finished her visit Melania posted on social media “Today’s visit to @LilysPlaceWV was incredibly special. Let us all find ways to help children grow into happy, healthy adults.”

In the state of West Virginia, they now have an epidemic of drug abuse. In fact, the problem is so out of hand that even drug retailers such as CVS Pharmacy are also helping slow down the opioid issue in that state.

President and CEO of CVS Health Larry J. Merlo said, “As America’s front door to health care with a presence in nearly 10,000 communities across the country, we see firsthand the impact of the alarming and rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse.”

First Lady Melania has said she would like to help as a positive force in the fight to decrease opioid abuse and wants to create more places like Lily’s Place in order to help infants and children grow up to be happy and healthy adults.

Here is more information on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome via MedlinePlus:

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who was exposed to addictive opiate drugs while in the mother’s womb.

CausesNeonatal abstinence syndrome may occur when a pregnant woman takes drugs such as heroin, codeine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), methadone or buprenorphine.

These and other substances pass through the placenta that connects the baby to its mother in the womb. The baby becomes dependent on the drug along with the mother.

If the mother continues to use the drugs within the week or so before delivery, the baby will be dependent on the drug at birth. Because the baby is no longer getting the drug after birth, withdrawal symptoms may occur as the drug is slowly cleared from the baby’s system.

Withdrawal symptoms also may occur in babies exposed to alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and certain antidepressants (SSRIs) while in the womb .

Babies of mothers who use other addictive drugs (nicotine, amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana,) may have long-term problems. While there is no clear evidence of a neonatal abstinence syndrome for other drugs, they may contribute to the severity of a baby’s NAS symptoms.


The symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome depend on:

The type of drug the mother usedHow the body breaks down and clears the drug (influenced by genetic factors)How much of the drug she was takingHow long she used the drugWhether the baby was born full-term or early (premature)Symptoms often begin within 1 to 3 days after birth, but may take up to a week to appear. Because of this, the baby will most often need to stay in the hospital for observation and monitoring for up to a week.

Symptoms may include:

Blotchy skin coloring (mottling)DiarrheaExcessive crying or high-pitched cryingExcessive suckingFeverHyperactive reflexesIncreased muscle toneIrritabilityPoor feedingRapid breathingSeizuresSleep problemsSlow weight gainStuffy nose, sneezingSweatingTrembling (tremors)VomitingExams and TestsMany other conditions can produce the same symptoms as neonatal abstinence syndrome. To help make a diagnosis, the health care provider will ask questions about the mother’s drug use. The mother may be asked about which drugs she took during pregnancy, and when she last took them. The mother’s urine may be screened for drugs as well.

Tests that may be done to help diagnose withdrawal in a newborn include:

Neonatal abstinence syndrome scoring system, which assigns points based on each symptom and its severity. The infant’s score can help determine treatment.Toxicology (drug) screen of urine and of first bowel movements (meconium).TreatmentTreatment depends on:

The drug involvedThe infant’s overall health and abstinence scoresWhether the baby was born full-term or prematureThe health care team will watch the newborn carefully for up to a week after birth for signs of withdrawal, feeding problems, and weight gain. Babies who vomit or who are very dehydrated may need to get fluids through a vein (IV).

Infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome are often fussy and hard to calm. Tips to calm the infant down include measures often referred to as “TLC” (tender loving care):

Gently rocking the childReducing noise and lightsSwaddling the baby in a blanketSome babies with severe symptoms need medicines such as methadone and morphine to treat withdrawal symptoms. These babies may need to stay in the hospital for weeks or months after birth. The goal of treatment is to prescribe the infant a drug similar to the one the mother used during pregnancy and slowly decrease the dose over time. This helps wean the baby off the drug and relieves some withdrawal symptoms.

If the symptoms are severe, especially if other drugs were used, a second medicine such as phenobarbital or clonidine may be added. Breastfeeding may also be helpful if the mother is in a methadone or buprenorphine treatment program without other drug use.

Babies with this condition often have severe diaper rash or other areas of skin breakdown. This requires treatment with special ointment or cream.

Babies may also have problems with feeding or slow growth. These problems may require:

Higher-calorie feedings that provide greater nutritionSmaller portions given more oftenOutlook (Prognosis)Treatment helps relieve symptoms of withdrawal. Even after medical treatment for NAS is over and babies leave the hospital, they may need extra “TLC” for weeks or months.

Possible ComplicationsDrug and alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to many health problems in the baby besides NAS. These may include:

Birth defectsLow birth weightPremature birthSmall head circumferenceSudden infant d***h syndrome (SIDS)Problems with development and behaviorNeonatal abstinence syndrome treatment can last from 1 week to 6 months. Even after medical treatment for NAS is over and babies leave the hospital, they may need extra “TLC” for weeks or months.

When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalMake sure your health care provider knows about all the drugs you take during pregnancy.

PreventionDiscuss all medicines, and alcohol and tobacco use with your health care provider.

H/T Three Percenter Nation

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