Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Signs and Symptoms
Misusing drugs and alcohol is dangerous for a person’s mental and physical well-being. However, when a pregnant woman misuses substances, the life of the child can be in danger. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) consists of the physical and emotional difficulties that occur when a baby is exposed to harmful substances, like drugs or alcohol, that were ingested by the mother during the pregnancy. NAS can result in impaired vision, coordination disabilities, and behavioral issues within the infant. In addition, infants born with NAS have a higher risk of becoming addicted to substances in the future compared to children born without substances in their system.
- Amphetamines: Adderall, Ritalin, meth, ecstasy
- Benzodiazepines: Valium, Xanax, Ativan
- Opioids: heroin, opium, Vicodin, Percocet, methadone, Suboxone
- Muscle tightening
- High-pitched cry
- Inability to feed at a normal rate
- Fast breathing
- Excessive sweating
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble breathing
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