Nurses use a scoring sheet to help them watch for signs of NAS. This score helps the team know if a baby has NAS. If a baby has a high score for a period of time, medication may help a baby be more comfortable. If a baby does get medicine, the medicine will be gradually lowered depending on each baby.
Below are things you can do to help comfort your baby during this time.
Parents can help their baby best by staying nearby and holding their baby.
Many parents find their baby calms best when handled gently, slowly and when held close to their body. This is because you and your baby know each other best.
If you are worried or anxious, your baby can pick up your energy. If you find this to be true, try to take deep cleansing breaths and concentrate on calming yourself.
If you need help, please ask a family member or friend. If you do not have resources close to you, call your baby’s doctor.