Use of positioning to reduce the severity of neonatal narcotic withdrawal syndrome

Gaylene Thayer Maichuk, Walter Zahorodny, Richard Marshall

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OBJECTIVE: This study tested the hypothesis that highly fretful, narcotic-withdrawing neonates experience less distress in a prone-lying position than comparable, supine-lying neonates. STUDY DESIGN: Equivalent numbers of randomly assigned, narcotic-withdrawing newboms were assigned to prone-lying (n = 25) or supine-lying (n = 23) conditions. Subjects in the two groups were similar with regard to gestational age, birth weight, and clinical presentation. Peak and mean withdrawal severity, as measured by Neonatal Abstinence Scoring System (NASS) scores and daily caloric intake, were compared between supine and prone groups by Wilcoxon's two-sample test. RESULTS: The prone-lying neonates had lower peak NASS scores ([p < 0.0001), lower mean NASS scores (p < 0.0001), and lower caloric intake (p < 0.001) than supine-lying, narcotic-withdrawing newborns. CONCLUSION: The fretfulness associated with neonatal withdrawal and other stressful conditions can be moderated by laying the affected infant prone. The pronate quieting response is a significant, endogenous source of neonatal pacification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-513
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume19
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Narcotics
Newborn Infant
Energy Intake
Prone Position
Birth Weight
Gestational Age

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Maichuk, Gaylene Thayer ; Zahorodny, Walter ; Marshall, Richard. / Use of positioning to reduce the severity of neonatal narcotic withdrawal syndrome. In: Journal of Perinatology. 1999 ; Vol. 19, No. 7. pp. 510-513.
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Use of positioning to reduce the severity of neonatal narcotic withdrawal syndrome. / Maichuk, Gaylene Thayer; Zahorodny, Walter; Marshall, Richard.

In: Journal of Perinatology, Vol. 19, No. 7, 01.01.1999, p. 510-513.

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