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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Nationwide Children’s Hospital – 20096

Intended for parents, this fact sheet reviews the symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), a condition that starts at birth when a baby’s mother has used drugs or alcohol during her pregnancy. Signs of withdrawal in the infant are reviewed, as well as procedures for assessing the severity of the baby’s withdrawal. Recommendations are made for ways parents can help their babies in the hospital or at home, including suggestions for keeping things calm and quiet around the baby, providing nutrition to the baby, and giving medication to the baby. Finally, guidelines are listed for when parents should call the doctor.