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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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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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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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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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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