Managing the risks and realities of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), is where babies whose mothers used drugs of dependence during pregnancy show symptoms of drug-withdrawal after they are born. This is common in mothers who have used opioids (e.g. heroin, methadone).

This study is exploring the views of parents, health and social care providers in Edinburgh and the Lothians, regarding what NAS is, what it means, and how best to prepare parents and other carers for looking after a baby who has been diagnosed with NAS.

Amy Chandler

Funding details:
The Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation

Research team:
Anne Whittaker (NHS Lothian, PI), Sarah Cunningham-Burley; Paula Midgely (NHS Lothian/University of
Edinburgh); Sarah Cooper (NHS Lothian); Lawrie Elliot (Edinburgh Napier University); Amy Chandler (CRFR, The University of Edinburgh)

Drugs, neonatal, babies, addiction

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