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Does fetal alcohol syndrome affect boy babies or girl babies more?

Does fetal alcohol syndrome affect boy babies or girl babies more?

No difference: Fetal alcohol syndrome (fas) affects both boys and girls. Fas and alcohol related neurodevelopmental disorder (arnd) are caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol and result in cognitive, learning, emotional, social, and behavioral problems in both genders of children. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Definition)

Occurs when mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. Behavioral, learning and physical ...Read more


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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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My baby is 3 weeks throwing up every time she eats . Her dad was alcoholic could this be fetal alcohol syndrome I'm concerned ?

My baby is 3 weeks throwing up every time she eats . Her dad was alcoholic could this be fetal alcohol syndrome I'm concerned  ?

Not usually a sign: Fetal alcohol syndrome, FAS, can cause some problems in the head and neck but I am not aware of it causing problems like you describe The baby is likely having normal reflux which is seen in almost all babies. This can be helped with smaller and more frequent feedings. If the baby does not gain weight then your doctor may start a treatment but generally babies outgrow the vomiting/reflux ...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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I found out i was pregnant at 6 weeks. I drank beer almost daily up until that point, what are the chances of my baby having fetal alcohol syndrome?

I found out i was pregnant at 6 weeks. I drank beer almost daily up until that point, what are the chances of my baby having fetal alcohol syndrome?

Possibly: Exposure to alcohol is most harmful during the first 6-12 weeks of pregnancy when organs are developing. Stop drinking immediately and get prenatal care. Tell your obstetrician and monitor fetal growth carefully. Also examine the baby after birth for any findings consistent with prenatal exposire to alcohol. Some alcohol effects may not be detectable in infancy but show up as the child grows. ...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 there be any disorders that resemble mild fetal alcohol syndrome?

Can there be any disorders that resemble mild fetal alcohol syndrome?

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

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Are there any other disorders that resemble mild fetal alcohol syndrome?

Many overlap: With adhd, learning disabilities, asperger syndrome, a pediatrician with interests in developmental disorders could help you. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any disorders that resemble mild fetal alcohol syndrome?

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

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Can fetal alcohol syndrome cause short noses?

Can fetal alcohol syndrome cause short noses?

FAS: Facial features include narrow small eyes with large epicanthal folds, small head, small upper jaw, smooth groove in upper lip, thin upper lip, & short nose. ...Read more

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What chromosome can cause fetal alcohol syndrome?

What chromosome can cause fetal alcohol syndrome?

Fetal alcohol: Not a gene to cause it. Just the amount of alcohol imbibed during the pregnancy that damage the fetus. ...Read more

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What are some of the signs and symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome?

What are some of the signs and symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome?

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

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So really want to know signs and symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome?

So really want to know signs and symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome?

Learning disability: Trouble socializing and recognizing social cues given off by peers, trouble with reading, small brain size, hyperactivity, dislike of loud noises. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a newborn has fetal alcohol syndrome?

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

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Does fetal alcohol syndrome cause adhd?

Does fetal alcohol syndrome cause adhd?

Dr. F. makes a good: point. People whose ADHD was not treated before puberty have 2x the risk of substance abuse & alcoholism as those who were treated or have no ADHD. Genetic, biological & environmental factors contribute to the complex neurobehavioral profile of kids with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders which includes a subset of ADHD that can be difficult to treat with medications, especially in the young. ...Read more

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Is ADHD the same as fetal alcohol syndrome?

Is ADHD the same as fetal alcohol syndrome?

No, absolutely not. : Fetal alcohol syndrome is a complex set of symptoms resulting from brain damage in a child caused by the ingestion of alcohol by the baby's mother while she was pregnant with the child. Though uncertain, adhd is thought to be primarily a genetic deficit of Dopamine transmission, but may result from other causes-including alcohol. Fas can be 100% prevented; adhd can be treated but not prevented. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for fetal alcohol syndrome?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for fetal alcohol syndrome?

Depends: Most mild FAS kids go unrecognised in life with mild issues of add/adhd learning problens etc. Those with heart or significant developmental issues are often followed by their pediatrician/fp & specialists as required by the issue at hand. The occasional facial features seen in the FAS require no specific followup, but may suggest the FAS to observers evaluating a child for developmental problems. ...Read more

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