Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
When pregnant women take prescription medications or other drugs, their baby may be born drug-dependent. This condition is called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). It does not matter if the medications are prescribed to the mother or not. The potential impact on the baby is the same. A baby born with NAS can suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as: fever, seizures, blotchy skin, continuous crying, rapid breathing, respiratory problems and extreme sensitivity to sounds and light. Some babies’ symptoms will be so great that they will require hospitalization, intensive care and medications for several weeks to keep them comfortable and safe during the withdrawal process.
For more information on NAS visit the BornDrug-FreeTN website.