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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. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...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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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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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 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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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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How will I know if I have fetal alcohol syndrome?

How will I know if I have fetal alcohol syndrome?

Hard to Tell: It is easier to identify in little kids that have characteristic facial features. But as people grow it becomes harder. There is also a range of FAS --- mild to severe. In a way, it doesn't matter because there are no specific treatments. It is probably best to identify which problems you do have & work on them. You should also be aware that you are at greater risk for developing alcohol problems. ...Read more

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Whats the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome in a teen?

Whats the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome in a teen?

Dx is earlier!: There are a\ constellation of issues. One is lower mental functioning, prototypic facial features, and impaired social skills. This a parent inflicted child disease, with no way of correcting basic problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have fetal alcohol syndrome disorder?

Is it possible that I have fetal alcohol syndrome disorder?

Hard to say: You ask a question with no background information. This makes any valid answer impossible. You can start over ( site questions are not linked), give background information, and someone may be able to answer.With no information, no reasoned answer is possible. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fetal alcohol syndrome?

Fetal alcohol: Fetal alcohol syndrome is the most severe form of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. It occurs when mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. Behavioral, learning and physical problems are a result. It is a leading cause of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities in the United States ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms fetal alcohol syndrome?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms fetal alcohol syndrome?

FAS is one end of : The fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Geneticists ; other pediatric specialists diagnose FAS 1 by: history of prenatal exposure, prenatal ;/or post-natal growth failure, evidence of central nervous system damage ; characteristic facial features. See http://www.Fasdcenter.Samhsa.Gov for the range of physical, neurobehavioral ; neurodevelopmental findings ; how best to help a child with an fasd. ...Read more

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Are weird beharior and retardation symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome, a.D.D or something?

FASD, or: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a wide variety of symptoms that includes adhd like behavior, inability to recognize social cues and respond appropriately, and learning disabilities. The term "retarded" is no longer used. ...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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Are there treatment guidelines for fetal alcohol syndrome?

Are there treatment guidelines for fetal alcohol syndrome?

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 more

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Are fetal alcohol syndrome children more susceptible to addiction?

Are fetal alcohol syndrome children more susceptible to addiction?

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 more

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How does fetal alcohol syndrome appear in toddlers and school age children?

How does fetal alcohol syndrome appear in toddlers and school age children?

Many, many problems: Toddlers and school age children with fetal alcohol syndrome (fas) can expeience a number of problems including mental retardation, birth defects, abnormal facial features, growth problems, problems with the central nervous system, trouble remembering and/or learning, vision or hearing problems, and behavior problems. This condition is preventable 100% of the time. Don't drink during pregnancy! ...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