Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) resources from U.S.HHS
August 15, 2016
Opioid abuse is increasing nationally with a correlated increase in prenatal opioid exposures and more infants born with the resulting developmental impact. Families of infants diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) are automatically eligible for CT early intervention if referred within the first three months of life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides resources that you may find helpful as you work with families affected by Opioid Use Disorder (OUD):
One such resource is a video posted by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services that offers several approaches you may want to share with parents of infants with NAS or who are easily overstimulated and hard to soothe. Stronger Together: NAS Soothing Techniques for Mommies and Babies (6 minutes, 26 seconds) Learn from medical providers and a parent about techniques that can work for your families.