Babies born to opioid users have shorter hospital stays with parental involvement: study

In the new approach, nurses involve mothers as they evaluate together whether rocking, breastfeeding, or swaddling can calm the baby.

Babies born to opioid users had shorter hospital stays and needed less medication when their care emphasized parent involvement, skin-to-skin contact and a quiet environment, researchers reported Sunday.

Newborns were ready to go home about a week earlier compared to those getting standard care. Fewer received opioid medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms such as tremors and hard-to-soothe crying, about 20% compared to 52% of the standard-care babies.

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