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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
- Difficulty breathing 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.
Drug Abuse—National Institute on Drug Abuse http://www.drugabuse.gov
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
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Improving treatment for drug-exposed infants. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US). 1993;Report No:(SMA)93-2011.
Davidson HA. Neonatal abstinence syndrome: an overview. EBSCO Nursing Reference Center website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/nursing/products/nursing-reference-center. Updated October 11, 2013. Accessed August 21, 2014.
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Boston Children's Hospital website Available at: http://www.childrenshospital.org/health-topics/conditions/neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-nas. Accessed August 21, 2014.
Neonatal opioid withdrawal. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 14, 2014. Accessed August 21, 2014.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014
- Update Date: 09/30/2013