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Doctor insights on: Physical Characteristics Of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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Might fetal alcohol syndrome only have physical effects?

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

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 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?

Somewhat: While we cannot undo the impact of alcohol on a baby's developing brain, we can definitetly help address the resulting cognitive, learning, emotional, social, and behavioral problems. The earlier the problems are identified and addressed the better the long-term prognosis is. Also, the issues are easier to treat if providers are aware of the history of prenatal alcohol exposure and understand fas. ...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 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

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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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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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What are the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome?

What are the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome?

Variable: Fetal alcohol syndrome has specific diagnostic criteria that include things like facial appearance, growth parameters, intellectual and learning data. Fetal alcohol effects are present in individuals without the full syndrome. ...Read more