What is the duration of inpatient treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)?

Updated: Dec 20, 2017
  • Author: Ashraf H Hamdan, MD, MBBCh, MSc, MRCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Santina A Zanelli, MD  more...
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The length of hospitalization in patients with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) varies, depending on the drug, withdrawal symptoms, and social factors. In a 2016 report, gestational age at birth was not associated with pharmacologic requirements to manage NAS in late preterm and term infants. [58] When medication is needed, term infants may receive such therapy longer than their preterm or late-term counterparts.

Other issues that need to be addressed include breastfeeding and infectious disease prevention. If the mother abuses intravenous drugs, screen for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Chlamydia,syphilis, and gonorrhea.


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