TITLE

A Proposed Narcotic Withdrawal Score for Use with Newborn Infants

AUTHOR(S)
Lipsitz, Philip J.
PUB. DATE
June 1975
SOURCE
Clinical Pediatrics;Jun1975, Vol. 14 Issue 6, p592
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses a propose narcotic withdrawal score for use with newborn infants. Fifty to 90 percent of newborns of narcotic-addicted mothers have withdrawal symptoms. The syndrome itself is usually recognized from symptoms exhibited by the newborn infant. The diagnosis can be confirmed by the maternal history and by assay of the blood and urine for narcotic content. To quantitate the clinical symptoms of the abstinence syndrome in the newborn, a scoring system is proposed. With it, the symptoms exhibited may be scored from 0 to a maximum of 20. Tremors, irritability, hyperreflexia, increased muscle tone and tachypnea are the most striking signs and, therefore, are given the highest rankings, Tremors may be serve enough to be indistinguishable from seizures.
ACCESSION #
17092751

 

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