Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
Drug withdrawal symptoms a baby demonstrates after being exposed to prescribed and/or illegal drugs while in utero.
What kinds of symptoms can I expect in my newborn?
Symptoms are unpredictable after in-utero exposure. Some newborns show no withdrawal symptoms whereas others show serious symptoms hours to days after birth. Symptoms include but are not limited to jitteriness, frequent crying, yawning, sneezing, abnormal stools and feeding patterns, and more. Newborns are at risk for seizures when these symptoms are left untreated.
What treatment is used?
Depending on severity, infants diagnosed with NAS are treated with short or long-acting opioids.
How long will my baby be in the hospital?
Infants requiring treatment for NAS can be hospitalized for days to weeks.