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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

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 are the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome ?

What are the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome ?

Many : Features vary and are not all always are present. Depend on sevirity and duration of exposure. You may see: decreased growth, decreased mental capabilities, irritability and hyperactivity. Many subtle physical features: small head size, short nose, smooth area under the nose, small and smoth upper lip, abnormal position in joints, sometimes heart problems with abnormalities of their structure. ...Read more

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Might fetal alcohol syndrome only have physical effects?

Hard to say: Most of the apparent physical features like changes in facial structure and heart defects reflect alcohol exposure in the first trimester of pregnancy. Much of the mental deficiency, attention deficit and hyperactivity issues relate to ongoing exposure during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.Variability in the effects are common in this disorder. It's hard to predict which areas will be most effected. ...Read more

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What are the fetal alcohol syndrome and effects. My 4 year old step son is in need of help.?

What are the fetal alcohol syndrome and effects. My 4 year old step son is in need of help.?

Many findings: Most of the features of FAS are variable. Growth is diminished. Growth lag is permanent. Birth weight is decreased. Infant irritable.Fas child hyperactive. Fine motor skills impaired with weak grasp, poor hand-eye coordination, and tremors.Intelligence diminished with average iq in the 60s. Microcephaly, short eye openings sunken nasal bridge, short nose, flattening of the cheekbones. ...Read more

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What is fetal alcohol syndrome?

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 sort of disorder is fetal alcohol syndrome?

What sort of disorder is fetal alcohol syndrome?

Birth defects: When a woman consumes too much alcohol during pregnancy (usually defined as multiple alcoholic beverages a day) then the baby can be born with fetal alcohol syndrome. This includes facial deformities, poor growth, and mental retardation. The child can also have heart defects. It is recommended for a mother to abstain from all alcohol during pregnancy. ...Read more

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