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Could a child have fetal alcohol syndrome from something other than alcohol?

Could a child have fetal alcohol syndrome from something other than alcohol?

Probably: We now tend to use the term isam. This stands for infant of substance abusing mother. The exact extent of drug and alcohol exposure is not possible to document. In addition there is often malnutrition and other poor health habits and occult infections that cause effects on the fetus. The subsequent child may have complex physical and behavioral problems. To blame only alcohol may be wrong. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Definition)

Fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition that describes physical, mental, and growth problems in a baby when a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy often results in poor growth of the baby, heart defects, and structural ...Read more


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What is the impact on development for a child born with fetal alcohol syndrome?

What is the impact on development for a child born with fetal alcohol syndrome?

Varies: The first FAS babies were described in the 1950'sand born to alcoholic mothers.Since that time a large variation in the intensity of symptoms related to intensity of exposure has emerged. The time during pregnancy and the amount, effected the degree of defects.Some had facial and organ defects and learning problems.Some with lighter exposure show mild ADD or no symptoms at all. ...Read more

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What mutations cause fetal alcohol syndrome facial features in a baby or child, whose mother was a non-drinker?

What mutations cause fetal alcohol syndrome facial features in a baby or child, whose mother was a non-drinker?

First of all...: ...Alcoholics frequently deny that they drink; so if there are features suggesting fas, you have to be sure the mother really is a non-drinker. That said, cornelia de lange syndrome, velocardiofacial syndrome (vcfs), & dubowitz syndrome - & probably others - share features with fas, though they are rarer. A precise diagnosis requires a thorough exam and lab testing by an expert in this field. ...Read more

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What is fetal alcohol syndrome?

Long-term problems: Alcohol can damage a baby's developing brain resulting in a long-lasting pattern of cognitive, learning, emotional, social, and behavioral problems. These problems can be difficult to treat if one isn't aware of the background of prenatal alcohol exposure. However help is available and the earlier a child gets appropriate treatment the better the long-term prognosis. ...Read more

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How does one trigger fetal alcohol syndrome?

How does one trigger fetal alcohol syndrome?

Alcohol consumption: There is no known "safe" amount or type of alcohol that can be consumed during pregnancy. There is also no known safe time. The sure way to avoid fetal alcohol syndrome is to avoid using any alcohol during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can fetal alcohol syndrome be fully treated?

Can fetal alcohol syndrome be fully treated?

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 more

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What are the tests for fetal alcohol syndrome?

None specific: History of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, especially if mother is a known alcoholic. Maternal blood alcohol levels can be measured during pregnancy. Any alcohol level in baby after birth, which would indicate alcohol consumption by mother very close to onset or during labor. Some babies have a typical fetal alcohol face - see google. Later some psychological tests can be useful. ...Read more

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Can FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome) be inherited?

Yes and no.: The predisposition for alcoholism is inherited, however fetal alcohol syndrome only occurs when the fetus is exposed to maternally ingested alcohol during pregnancy and as such is not inherited, rather is a teratogen exposure that is entirely preventable. ...Read more

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What are the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome?

What are the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome?

Prenatal &/or post-: natal growth failure (of head & or body), characteristic facial features & evidence of some type of brain damage are criteria for FAS I, the most severe end of the spectrum. Read about impaired executive functions, ADHD, Intellectual Disability & other associated Neurobehavioral & medical disorders on www.fasdcenter.samhsa.gov. Seek Early Intervention from 0-3; Special Education from 3- 21. ...Read more