Visiting Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Babies in the Newborn Nursery

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Hand Washing

Hand washing is very important.  You must wash your hands every time you enter and before you leave the Nursery.

You must do a full two minute scrub every day, the first time you come into the Nursery and every time you have left the hospital and come back.

Noise in the Nursery

All babies, but most especially withdrawal babies, need a quiet enfironment.

  • Please be considerate of the other babies in the Nursery.
  • If your baby is sleeping, please do not wake him/her. Waking a baby during his sleep cycle increases the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) score. This lengthens how long your baby will have to stay in the Newborn Nursery. Letting your baby sleep and rest may help decrease the amount of medication your baby needs and may help your baby be discharged sooner.
  • Keep the noise level down low. Speak quietly when near your baby, before touching and handling, and when holding. Limit the repeated number of times you come in and out of the Nursery in a short period. The door buzzer rings each time the door is opened and may disturb the babies in the Nursery and they will not rest properly.

Food and Snacks

You are welcome to bring in a cold drink or small snack (granola bar, fruit) to your baby's bedside.

Keep your baby and you safe from burns and scalds by not having hot beverages at baby's bedside. Babies, especially withdrawal babies, have random uncontrolled movements. All meals must be eaten outside of the Nursery - in the Cafeteria, Robins, or in the NICU Family Room.


Visitors are limited to parents and grandparents and baby's siblings who are five years of age or older. Our manager may approve a support person. Talk to your baby's nurse to arrange this.

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