Tennessee Hospital Seeing More Babies Born Exposed to Prescription Drugs

Between 55% and 94% of babies exposed to opioids prior to birth exhibit signs of withdrawal, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Since the epidemic is relatively new, there is no national protocol on how to treat NAS. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital focuses its treatment on two areas: environmental and medicinal. Last year, the hospital created a wing of private rooms that is quieter, darker, and easier to control for the massive influx of babies suffering from drug withdrawal. for the massive influx of babies suffering from drug withdrawalthat is quieter, darker and easier to control for the massive influx of babies suffering from drug withdrawal.

The hospital also trains volunteers, called cuddlers, to hold and comfort the babies.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/28/health/drug-babies/index.html

Source: CNNNews.com – April 28, 2012

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