The Arizona reporter who allegedly breastfed her 4-month-old daughter after snorting cocaine apparently got pretty lucky that her baby lived through the ordeal! After all, a pediatrician spoke to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, revealing that cocaine can cause heart attacks in babies!
This is SO unsettling. After Krystin Sorich Lisaius, 26, allegedly snorted cocaine and then proceeded to nurse her 4-month-old daughter hours later, her baby became “lethargic and very difficult to wake.” She was immediately rushed to a hospital and is thankfully ok now, but, according to a pediatrician, she is a lucky girl! But not only can cocaine cause heart attacks in babies, it can also be linked to severe developmental problems down the line. Poor child!
“Cocaine is a stimulant so it can increase heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing,” Dr. Jennifer Shu, an Atlanta pediatrician and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn, shared with HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “[Cocaine] can also cause seizures and heart attacks.”
How scary is THAT? It definitely sounds like Krystin’s baby girl was in danger after she reportedly ingested her mother’s contaminated breastmilk. And apparently, to say her life was in danger is NOT even an exaggeration. There’s no question the child could have died, according to Jennifer.
“Anything that Mom ingests can pass through the breastmilk, although in smaller quantities since it is first metabolized and filtered by Mom’s body,” the pediatrician explained. And while cocaine can have scary affects on adults, that’s completely magnetized in a newborn.
After medical staff discovered the cocaine in the baby’s system, at first Krystin denied using cocaine and said she didn’t know how the baby was exposed to it. However, she ended up admitting to police that she snorted cocaine with her husband on May 14 while hosting friends in their Oro Valley home, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
Krystin reportedly also made sure to point out that she didn’t think the baby would be affected by her cocaine usage since it had been 12 hours after she had ingested it herself. However, according to Jennifer, the drug can take up to six days to fully leave the body!
“[Cocaine can stay in the body] anywhere from four hours to six days,” the pediatrician and author said. “If you’re going to breastfeed [while using cocaine], wait at least 36 hours.” And this is all to ensure that your baby stays healthy and safe — even down the line!
“For infants exposed to cocaine, there may be future problems with behavior, learning, and poor attention span,” Jennifer revealed. So awful! We just hope Krystin’s child grows up happy and healthy. She is currently in the care of Krystin’s mother.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — are you shocked by this story? What do you think should happen to Krystin and Som?