Tens of thousands of infants in the US alone are impacted annually by prenatal opioid exposure and suffer from multiple conditions due to withdrawal known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
A high incidence rate of diaper dermatitis was previously reported in infants suffering from NAS. Neurologic irritability, skin excoriation and scratches at the sacral area and extremities and sucking blisters are frequently observed in infants with NAS, posing challenges for skin care regimens.
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