Baby's Mother is Best Medicine for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

This article from Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly (April 11, 2016) reports on the beneficial practice of rooming-in for babies whose mothers were on Medication Assisted Treatment with opioid agonists. To lessen the severity of any neonatal abstinence syndrome that might develop, having the baby rooming in with the mother (where sounds and light can be dimmed, and baby can breastfeed and have skin-to-skin contact with the mother) provides better care than having the baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (where there are usually bright lights, loud sounds and less contact with the mother). The practice of rooming-in also greatly reduces (up to 50%) the amount of supplemental medication needed to reduce withdrawal symptoms.