Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
What is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a serious medical condition that
can occur when
drugs in a pregnant mother’s bloodstream are 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 Nebraska opiate injury lawyers at the Domina
Law Group today to learn more about what your legal options are and discuss
your next steps.
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 Nebraska 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 at (888) 387-4134 to discuss your situation with one or our
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