Infants Born to Drug Dependent Mothers
Use of Modified Finnegan Score Sheets


Reviewed by Simon Rowley and Carl Kuschel
Clinical Guidelines Back Newborn Services Home Page

  • Autonomic
    (Metabolic, Vasomotor, Respiratory)
  • Neurological
  • Gastrointestinal

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Common Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms in Infants with Withdrawal Signs %
Tremors 95%
Irritability 80%
Hypertonicity and Hyperactivity
(e.g. frantic sucking of fists)
Vomiting 75%
High-pitched cry 70%
Sneezing 65%
Respiratory Distress 65%
Fever 50%
Diarrhoea 50%
Sweating 50%
Convulsions 2%

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