Babies Whose Mothers Are Prescribed Opioids Are More Exposed To Complications

April 15, 2015 9:24 AM

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A new study shows that women who take opioid drugs have an increased risk of giving birth to babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which is usually associated with illicit use of drugs during pregnancy. Moreover babies are exposed to other complications such as preterm birth, complicated deliveries, low birth weight and respiratory complications such as respiratory distress and meconium aspiration syndrome.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome involves withdrawal symptoms mainly. Babies suffering from withdrawal symptoms experience high-pitched crying, breathing problems, diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions, sweating, fever, excessive sucking or rooting, mottled skin, jitteriness, poor appetite and tremors.

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