Non-pharmacological management in neonatal abstinence syndrome: an overview
Substance misuse continues to be a significant problem during pregnancy and is on the increase. Consequently, neonatologists are encountering an increasing number of infants born with symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Non-pharmacological measures are an effective means of managing infants with NAS and should be used in the first instance, however, most neonatal units do not have a guideline describing the non-pharmacological pathway, which is centred around promoting maternal involvement in care, minimising stimuli and increasing staff education. We outline the important aspects of non-pharmacological management of infants with NAS to encourage soothing strategies prior to the use of medications.
University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Scotland
Senior House Officer
Taranaki Base Hospital, New Plymouth,
Sunderesan R., Cox C. Non-pharmacological management in neonatal abstinence syndrome: an overview. Infant 2023; 19(3): 105-10.
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