YNP Ashlee Homer, RN, testified today before the House Children & Youth Committee regarding neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). “Taking care of NAS babies requires extra resources … RNs must find the balance between meeting the medical and social needs for each baby and their family while determining how best to provide nursing care for each one individually. Some infants do better with nearly constant movement while holding them. Others do better in a dark, non-stimulating environment. It is heartbreaking to watch these smallest patients cry inconsolably and feed uncoordinated. This can cause growth delays, tremors and sometimes seizures. The child may also experience very limited to no bonding experiences with its parents.”
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