This syndrome is characterised by central nervous system excitability in newborn infants, and in many cases requires pharmacological withdrawal treatment. All the infants of the six patients described were born without showing any sign of opioid withdrawal, had good Apgar scores and required no resuscitation.
Without withdrawal treatment, the patient is forced to decide whether to leave the hospital to find more drugs, forgoing needed medical care, "or to suffer through the hospital stay." Many choose the first option.
But then, back in August, Sarah read the Examiner story about Harrison Cooper-Jones, the Huddersfield four-year-old who had also become dependent on tube feeding and was 'cured' by a dramatic food withdrawal treatment at Leeds General Infirmary.