Protecting Children in Substance-Abusing Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Kropenske, V., Howard, J., Breitenbach, C., Dembo, R.|
|Year Published: 1994|
Attachment V: Signs and Symptoms of Possible Prenatal Drug/Alcohol Exposure in the Neonate
The following may be indications of prenatal drug/alcohol exposure but are not diagnostic. Prenatal drug exposure should be considered when a constellation of factors is present and in the absence of other medical causes.
- Positive drug screen for unprescribed medications or drugs
- Excessive tremulousness
- Poor feeding
- High-pitched cry
- Watery stools
- Small gestational age
- Physical stigmata of fetal alcohol syndrome
- Frantic sucking
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