Afghanistan's opium babies

  1. Afghanistan's opium babies
    By Rajeshree Sisodia in Labjartara, Afghanistan

    Saturday 02 September 2006, 10:03 Makka Time, 7:03 GMT

    Kheyamadin is fed opium every morning and evening

    Three-month-old Kheyamadin is a docile baby. Lying cocooned in the traditional Afghan Turkmen bright hues of tight silk swaddling clothes, he rarely cries. But the reason for his calm demeanour is not a pacifier, toy or milk - it is opium......

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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    I am aghast at this situation, but realize that this is part of their culture.
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    I used to get some brandy when I was a kid...
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    My grandmother used to rub a baby's gums with Bourbon when they cried. It was to numb the teething pain.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Grandma rubbed brandy on her kids' gums for teething, i was told she did the same for me as well.
  7. by   weetziebat
    My sister used to rub Paragoric (which is opium) on her children's gums when they were teething, or if they had a lot of colic. It was recommended by the doctor and pharmacist, and sold openly for that purpose.
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    I'm thinking that babies kept sedated don't do what they need to learn.