Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Were You Affected By This Serious Medical Condition?
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a serious medical condition that
can occur when drugs in a pregnant mother’s blood stream is passed
through the placenta to the fetus. According to the National Institute
on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the number of children born with NAS quintupled
between 2000 and 2012, with 21,732 children born suffering from this condition
in 2012. Their data indicates that this issue is only growing in scope,
and on top of the medical issues facing the child, the cost of care spikes
when they’re born with NAS. According to NIDA’s data, the
cost of care for a child born with NAS is approximately $66,700, more
than 19 times more than the cost of care for a child born without NAS.
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NAS is an incredibly dangerous and expensive condition, but you may be
able to secure financial help through the legal system. If your child
was born with NAS, contact our opiate lawyers at the Domina Law Group
today to learn more about what your legal options are and discuss your
What Problems Can Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Cause?
The use of opiates and illicit substances by a pregnant mother can put
the health of their unborn child at serious risk. The use of these types
of drugs is also connected to a lower likelihood of the mother seeking
prenatal care, which can also increase the risks of complications during
the pregnancy. Some of the most severe issues for babies the use of drugs
while pregnant can cause include:
- Premature birth
- Birth defects
- Poor intrauterine growth
Some of the specific issues connected to different types of drugs include:
Opiates: Serious withdrawal symptoms
Amphetamines: Premature birth, low birthweight
Cocaine: Lowered IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, poor fetal growth
Marijuana: Low birthweight
Alcohol: Intellectual disabilities, heart defects, face and head deformities, stunted growth
Cigarettes: Stillbirth, premature birth, low birthweight
Symptoms Of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
The symptoms of NAS can vary depending on the type of drug affecting the
infant, how long ago it was used, and whether the child was born prematurely
or at full-term. These withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as 24 hours
after the child is born, or as long as 10 days after.
- Fluctuating temperature
- Issues sleeping
- Tight muscle tone
- Trouble feeding
- High-pitched crying
- Hyperactive reflexes
- Sneezing, stuffy nose, and yawning
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Our opiate attorneys at the Domina Law Group have spent decades working
with clients across the United States in order to secure them the legal
outcome they deserve. If your child suffered from NAS, give us a call
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