The caregiver says she gave the infant allergy medicine to ‘calm’ her. How can you tell if your baby is being drugged??
A nanny in Long Island, N.Y. has been arrested after drugging a 4-month-old infant to keep her “calm.”
Police say Anneliese Brucato, 48, was recorded drugging the baby on nanny cams set up throughout the house. The child’s mother, Cynthia Schafer, says she researched the nanny thoroughly before allowing her to be alone with her child.
“It was very upsetting,” she told the New York Post. “I checked all her references. There were no problems. She had no criminal history or anything.”
Cynthia became concerned when she returned home from work and her daughter seemed especially restless. After doctors said her daughter was sleeping too much during the day, she installed a nanny cam and caught Anneliese giving the infant FIVE DOSES of children’s antihistamine! The drug is not meant for children under four AT ALL, as it can cause seizure or death. Let alone five doses!
Nassau County Detective Lt. Kevin Smith alleges Anneliese acted “in order to cause the child to become drowsy, to make her more manageable and to perhaps make her job easier.”
Anneliese’s lawyers maintain their client’s innocence.
What are some signs parents should look for if they suspect their child is being drugged? Dr. Jennifer Shu, coauthor of Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth To Reality, says many signs could point to foul play. Some troubles to look for:
- not feeding well
- irritability or shakiness
- pin-point pupils
- irregular breathing or heart rate
- hyperactivity due to being asleep too long
Dr. Shu said the best advice for parents dealing with nannies and medication is to make sure everyone is on the same page.
“One thing I see a lot of is parents and nannies not communicating with each other on medicine,” she says. “That’s where you see overdoses happening. Sometimes a nanny will give a dose and then the parent will give a dose so the child will be on extra medicine.”