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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Macrosomia: If mom's blood sugar is high, the baby can grow excessively because of exposure to high levels of glucose. The baby also tries to control this by turning on higher production of Insulin in its own little body - this can then cause the blood sugar to drop dangerously after the baby is born and the sugar source is cut off. It can slow down organs from maturing, so term babies can act premature. ...Read more
Fetal brain damage: Caused by maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Hence advice to avoid any alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Baby may have certain characteristic features such as deeply sunken bridge of nose. Child can have all manner of developmental and intellectual delay. Problems with anger control, attention deficit disorder & failure to appreciate consequences of bad behavior. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is downs syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, high functioning autism, asperger's syndrome and what are the causes?
See below: Down's syndrome. A genetic defect that seems to occur with mother's who are older. Fetal alcohol syndrome: this is caused by excessive intake of alcohol during the pregnancy, especially the early part of pregnancy when the nervous system is developing. As to aspergers, no one is quite sure at this time. ...Read more
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi, fetal ascites dx at 14w, fetal anomaly scan at 15w NAD, TORCH /Amnio NAD, what is the likelihood of a happy/healthy baby please?
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
FAS is unique in : its criteria of prenatal exposure to alcohol, prenatal &/or postnatal growth failure of head &/or body, characteristic facial features & some evidence of brain damage. It can be caused by intermittent binges, 4 drinks/few hrs., 3 wks. post-conception -term. It can coexist with genetic syndromes. Fetal Hydantoin Syndrome, Noonan's Syndrome, etc., may have a few similar facial features. ...Read more
Varies: There is fetal alcohol syn. Fas and fetal alc. Spectrum disorder fasd. The later is more incompassing of risks to the fetus when mother drinks. Rates vary by country and ethnicity. Fas incidence is listed in us, 0.5-2/1000 live births. American indians, 9.8/1000 lb. So. Africa, as high as 38/1000 lb. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 : 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How much alcohol is reasonably acceptable to drink in pregnancy without running the risk of my child developing fetal alcohol syndrome?
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
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
Can you tell me about chromosome disorders & abnormal syndromes:- capable of reproduction, breastfeeding, ejaculating?
Varies: This varies with the defect, gender involved and target of associated abnormalities. For example, Down syndrome boys are sterile, girls are not. Fragile X carrier females can be fertile, the affected males are not. There are hundreds of named syndromes and this veries with each. ...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
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