What are the discharge criteria for infants with 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 infant's discharge should occur after the following criteria are met:

  • The infant is taking oral feeds and gaining weight satisfactorily.

  • The infant is physiologically stable (has normal vital signs including blood pressure).

  • The infant is showing neurobehavioral recovery (can reach full alert state, responds to social stimuli, and can be consoled with appropriate measures).

  • All necessary assessments have been completed because adherence to followup schedules cannot be ensured.


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