Typically, a baby will begin showing withdrawal symptoms 24 to 48 hours after birth but can show symptoms as late as five to 10 days after birth. Symptoms may include:
- Irritability or fussy behavior.
- Continuous or high-pitched crying.
- Difficulty being comforted.
- Blotchy skin.
- Rapid breathing.
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or dehydration.
- Difficulty breastfeeding.
An assessment of withdrawal is made based on your baby’s symptoms and their severity. Your baby may need medication or an IV if they are dehydrated and may need to stay longer in a special care setting. All babies, whether they are taking medication or not, will be under continuous observation.