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Can Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Be Detected Before Birth
Many: The symptoms of mild fetal alcohol syndrome are quite varied. The history that the mother had significant alcohol intake during pregnancy points to fetal alcohol syndrome. These individuals could also have mild intellectual disabilities, fragile x syndrome, or other congenital disorder. The child should be evaluated by his primary physician and may need referral to a genetic specialist. Best of lu. ...Read more
Many: full-blown fetal alcohol syndrome has features that are relatively distinctive for alcohol (the facial malformations, cardiac abnormalities and others), but mild fetal alcohol effects are similar to things that can be seen in women who smoke, use many other medications, and just spontaneously. These are learning disabilities, ADHD, other behavioral changes.While seen in FAE they aren't distinctive ...Read more
Fetal Alcohol Spec-: trum Disorders are on http://www.fasdcenter.samhsa.gov/Index.aspx. FAS 1 criteria are characteristic facial features, prenatal & or post-natal growth failure & evidence of brain damage - intellectual disability, learning disorder, executive functions deficits, & or inability to understand cause & effect, with history of prenatal exposure to alcohol any time from 3 weeks post-conception to term. ...Read more
Development: Most important is close monitoring of development. Accurate history of the mother's use of alcohol, drugs, and nutrition is rarely available. The baby may have small head and typical facial appearance, but outcome can not be predicted from this. Fancy scans and blood tests are of no value. A good infant stimulation program and close monitoring of development will help outcome. ...Read more
Early dx helps: There are no treatments for the congenital defects or brain damage due to fetal alcohol syndrome (fas), but early diagnosis and special education to address the child's specific needs can improve their developmental outcome. The earlier a child with FAS is placed in the appropriate educational class and given comprehensive social services, the more improved their prognosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Children with Fetal: Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have deficits in executive functions because alcohol targets & kills neurons in the fetal frontal cortex. Inability to understand cause-&-effect, learn from mistakes, control impulses & resist peer pressure ^ risk of alcoholism & substance abuse in teens with FASD separately from genetic loading for mental illness & addiction. See www. fasdcenter.samhsa.gov/Index.aspx ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many, many problems: Toddlers and school age children with fetal alcohol syndrome (fas) can expeience a number of problems including mental retardation, birth defects, abnormal facial features, growth problems, problems with the central nervous system, trouble remembering and/or learning, vision or hearing problems, and behavior problems. This condition is preventable 100% of the time. Don't drink during pregnancy! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The features seen in fetal alcohol syndrome are due to permanent changes in the baby's brain, body, and appearance, caused by exposure to alcohol while he was developing inside his mother. The changes cannot be erased, but treatments are available to help the various behavioral, academic, and psychiatric symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to Tell: It is easier to identify in little kids that have characteristic facial features. But as people grow it becomes harder. There is also a range of FAS --- mild to severe. In a way, it doesn't matter because there are no specific treatments. It is probably best to identify which problems you do have & work on them. You should also be aware that you are at greater risk for developing alcohol problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Hard to say: You ask a question with no background information. This makes any valid answer impossible. You can start over ( site questions are not linked), give background information, and someone may be able to answer.With no information, no reasoned answer is possible. ...Read more
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