Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) occurs when neonates who were exposed to drugs in the womb experience withdrawal after birth. These substances pass through the placenta into neonatal circulation, causing dependency and ultimately withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The complications of NAS
  • Signs and symptoms of withdrawal in neonates
  • Key assessments for an infant going through withdrawal
  • Tests and treatments
  • Important family education

Helpful Resources:

FNASS – See an example of the Finnegan Scale here

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