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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How much alcohol is reasonably acceptable to drink in pregnancy without running the risk of my child developing 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
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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