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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Discharge and follow-up care

Care at home

Once your baby is home, symptoms of withdrawal may still continue for several weeks. These symptoms will gradually decrease over time. Getting plenty of rest for you and your baby can help to reduce stress for both of you.

A home care nurse will be arranged to come to your house twice a week. The nurse will check your baby's symptoms, weigh your baby, review your baby's medications, and answer any questions you may have. The home care nurse can help give you advice about your baby's withdrawal as well as many other topics of caring for your newborn.

Care at the clinic

Clinic appointments will be made before your baby is discharged from the hospital so your baby can be seen regularly by a doctor. These appointments are very important to keep so that your baby remains healthy. It is also a good time for you to be able to ask questions. You will need to take your baby to the clinic every 7-10 days. At the clinic, staff will:

  • Complete a well-baby check (to make sure your baby is gaining weight and developing well)
  • Observe your baby's symptoms of withdrawal
  • Decide if your baby can have his or her medication weaned
  • Refill your baby's prescription for more medication, if needed

Are there websites that can teach me more about caring for my baby?

Yes. Here are some suggestions that other parents have found helpful:

Minnesota Parents Know: Infant information and parenting resources supported by the Minnesota Department of Health. Go to: http://parentsknow.state.mn.us/parentsknow/ Newborn

Healthychildren.org: American Academy of Pediatrics supported site with information about caring for infants and children.

Resources at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota:

Pediatric Clinics
Minneapolis clinic: 612-813-6107
St. Paul clinic: 651-220-6700

Breastfeeding Resource Center
Minneapolis: 612-813-6250
St. Paul: 651-220-6368

Family Resource Center
Minneapolis: 612-813-6816
St. Paul: 651-220-6368

Questions?

This sheet is not specific to your child, but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call your clinic.

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This page is not specific to your child, but provides general information on the topic above. If you have any questions, please call your clinic. For more reading material about this and other health topics, please call or visit Children's Family Resource Center library, or visit www.childrensmn.org/educationmaterials.

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