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The National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that the number of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome has increased fivefold since 2000.
At Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals, 52 babies were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Neonatal abstinence syndrome often causes problems in a baby's nervous system like tremors and seizures and gastrointestinal issues, according to the CDC.
Obstetrics is unique in that opioid use and abuse disorders affect 2 patients simultaneously (the mother and fetus), and the treatment options are somewhat at odds in that they need to balance a stable maternal status and intrauterine environment with the risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
Interestingly enough, we expected that the mothers of the NAS babies would have some kind of drug use, [but] a lot of the NAS cohort mothers tested positive for additional drugs, other than methadone, which is usually how babies end up developing neonatal abstinence syndrome," Dr.
Also, neonates of psychoactive substance-dependent women may have postnatal abstinence syndrome, prolonged hospitalization, eating difficulties, and respiratory problems.
More than 5% of women use illicit drugs during their pregnancies (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012), and 49% to 94% of infants exposed to opioids in utero experience neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) (Maguire, Webb, Passmore, & Cline, 2012).
SB1041/HB1207- Requires that on or before January 15, 2018, the Commissioner of Health, in consultation with the Perinatal Advisory Committee and with the assistance of relevant state agencies, shall report to the Health Committee of the House of Representatives and the Health and Welfare Committee of the Senate concerning the number of cases in which the source of opiates in the mother of an infant born with neonatal abstinence syndrome can be reasonably associated with a substance prescribed to the mother.
USA], June14 (ANI): A recent study reveals the number of newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome - often caused by mothers using opioids during pregnancy - is increasing in the United States, thereby increasing the burden in terms of hospital days and costs.
It is important for pediatricians, especially neonatologists, because of its increasing use among adolescents in the past few years; it will not be surprising to experience more and more exposed neonates and neonatal abstinence syndrome in the near future.