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Who We Are & What We Do: Inpatient Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Program

Inpatient Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Program

Our Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Program is specially designed to help children overcome the serious health effects of infants who have been exposed prenatally to drugs in utero and go through a withdrawal process after they are born. Upon admission, infants at risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome are carefully monitored by highly skilled clinicians for signs consistent with withdrawal and development. Based on the results of ongoing assessments, each young patient is cared for based on their individual needs.
During the inpatient stay in the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Program, our team provides innovative programming and expert care to achieve the greatest outcomes.

In order to ensure our smallest patients are able to develop and grow, Children’s Specialized Hospital creates a nurturing environment by implementing positive sensory inputs such as:

  • Swaddling
  • Bathing
  • Therapeutic touch and handling
  • Vestibular sensations such as rocking


Our holistic approach to medical transpose includes:

  • Medication management (including tapering and discontinuation of medication)
  • Monitoring weight gain, growth charts, and nutrition
  • Comprehensive nursing assessment
  • Aquatic and physical therapy can be used to increase range of motion and positioning
  • Occupational therapy and infant massage are implemented for self-calming and visual motor stimulation

In preparation for discharge, parents and caregivers are given training in medication, CPR, and feeding. Additionally, Children’s Specialized Hospital medical staff communicates with parents and caregivers post-discharge regarding the care provided and progress.