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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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

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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How do I find out what is something similar to fetal alcohol syndrome?

How do I find out what is something similar to fetal alcohol syndrome?

Internet search: Web search may help. Or you can talk to a geneticist and describe symptoms and see if they recognize a specific syndrome. You can also be seen which is always the most complete. ...Read more

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How does a fetus get fetal alcohol syndrome? What modifies the fetus's growth?

How does a fetus get fetal alcohol syndrome? What modifies the fetus's growth?

Alcohol injestion: Any amount of alcohol while pregnant can cause fas. We do not know the amount needed. Sometimes we see only fetal alcohol effect, not syndrome. Usually, if a mom injests significant alcohol, her nutrition is poor which delays fetal growth. ...Read more

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

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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Please tell me if it is advisable for a person with fetal alcohol syndrome to have children?

Please tell me if it is advisable for a person with fetal alcohol syndrome to have children?

Depends on variables: Fas is an exposure related disorder that can alter normal tissue (heart, facial features, nervous system) and sometimes alters function (add, personality issues).It cannot be passed in the genes to the persons kids. If the affected parents function well enough to attend to their own and their potential kids needs, why not have kids. You do not have to be perfect to be a loving and perfect parent. ...Read more

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Can fetal alcohol syndrome cause short noses?

Can fetal alcohol syndrome cause short noses?

FAS: Facial features include narrow small eyes with large epicanthal folds, small head, small upper jaw, smooth groove in upper lip, thin upper lip, & short nose. ...Read more