Kentucky Babies Born with Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

According to ABCActionNews.com, approximately one baby per hour is born with symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, can occur after birth if a baby has been exposed to opiate painkillers while in the womb. When your baby suffers because of the negligence of medical personnel in Kentucky, you may have grounds for a claim. 

Dr. Aimee Bohn, a pediatrician at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg, says she has seen a number of babies born with NAS in eastern Kentucky, an area known for prescription drug abuse. 

Babies that experience withdrawal from pain killers spend an average of 16 days in the hospital. The symptoms of NAS may include the following

  • low birth weight;
  • irritability;
  • respiratory issues;
  • feeding problems; and
  • seizures.

While NAS can be caused by abusing prescription pain killers, women who have been prescribed these medications by a doctor should speak to a lawyer if their child sustained birth injuries due to their use. Medical expenses to treat NAS can be high, and may be covered if medical negligence is proven through an injury claim. 

Contact a Kentucky Birth Injury Lawyer 

Prescription medications affect a number of newborn children each year. For help with your birth injury claim, please contact Gray & White today for a free analysis of your case: 502-210-8942 or 888-450-4456.

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