Addicted Babies - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior

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A thorough alcohol and drug history shouldbe obtained from the expectant mother—andthis shouldbe corroborated by testing the urine of both mother and newborn for alcohol and other drugs. Newborns shouldbe closely monitoredfor signs of withdrawal for a minimum of forty-eight to seventy-two hours, and longer when the mother has been on METHADONE-maintenance treatment. Since symptoms of withdrawal are nonspecific and may be confused with a variety of infections or metabolic disturbances, a search for concurrent illness to explain any symptoms is mandatory.

Most hospital nurseries use a standardized neonatal abstinence-syndrome scoring system. After the infant is born the hospital will monitor their sleep habits, temperature, and weight. The earliest withdrawal symptoms are treated by intravenous fluids, swaddling, holding, rocking, a low-stimulation environment, and small feedings of hyper-caloric formula—for weight gain. If symptoms continue or increase, medication may be initiated. Common medications include PAREGORIC...

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