Infant Withdrawal: An Epidemic
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a term for a group of problems a newborn experiences when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics.
What Causes Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?
Drugs taken by a pregnant mother, pass from her bloodstream directly to the fetus. Substances that cause drug dependence in the mother also cause the developing fetus to become addicted. At birth, the baby’s dependence on the substance continues. Since the drug is no longer available, the baby goes into withdrawal. For an infant, withdrawal symptoms are significant and can last up to six months.