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Neonatal Drug Withdrawal
(Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome)
|Blood Traveling Through Mother's Placenta to Baby|
|Drugs and alcohol travel through this path from mother to baby.|
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- Poor feeding
- Difficulty sucking
- High-pitched cry
- Crying a lot
- Fast breathing
- Difficulty sleeping
- Stuffy nose (hard to breath through the nose)
- Increased muscle tone
- Signs of seizures
- Difficulty breathing
- Other serious withdrawal symptoms
- Stop taking drugs before becoming pregnant or as soon as you learn you are pregnant.
- After you become pregnant, talk to your doctor about any drugs you have taken. Get regular prenatal care.
- Get treatment for drug abuse problems before becoming pregnant.
National Institute on Drug Abuse http://www.nida.nih.gov/NIDAHome.html
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration http://www.samhsa.gov
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health http://www.camh.ca
Toronto Area of Narcotics Anonymous http://www.torontona.org
Improving treatment for drug exposed infants, treatment improvement protocol, (TIP), series 5. US Department of Health and Human Services, Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64750. Accessed January 8, 2013.
Neonatal abstinence syndrome. Children’s Hospital Boston website. Available at: http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1338/mainpageS1338P0.html. Accessed January 8, 2013.
Neonatal opiate withdrawal. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated June 5, 2012. Accessed January 8, 2013.
Schub E., Cabrera G. Neonatal abstinence syndrome: an overview. EBSCO Nursing Reference Center website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/thisTopic.php?marketID=16&topicID=860. Updated August 24, 2012. Accessed January 8, 2013.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013