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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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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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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 incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome?

What is the incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome?

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 more

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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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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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Do only certain types of alcohol cause fetal alcohol syndrome or does it not matter?

No, they all do: Some people mistakenly think that beer and wine are less harmful than "hard liquor" but that isn't true. Any alcohol, from a wine cooler to a shot of whiskey, has the potential to damage a baby's developing brain. ...Read more

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How do you get help for a someone with fetal alcohol syndrome?

Fetal alcohol syndro: Early childhood interventions and educational programs designed to build on strengths help children with any disabilities. Because children with FAS were born with problems shriner's children's hospitals sometimes provide care for even the neediest children. Most states mandate early testing to tailor educational interventions to the child. ...Read more

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What are the exact signs of fetal alcohol syndrome?

What are the exact signs of fetal alcohol syndrome?

Fetal alcohol : A child may be small in size with possible microcephaly. Delayed motor and physical development are present with delayed milestones present. Poor muscle tone and poor muscle development is also present. ...Read more

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