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What is fetal alcohol syndrome?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gwendolyn Messer
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Dr. Kevin Passer
It in now generally believed that NO amount of alcohol is safe for pregnant mothers to drink. Pregnancy is a very special situation whereby pregnant mothers can transmit to their developing embryo and fetus, any substance they consume which may lead to toxic exposure. Since such potential toxicity is almost impossible to measure, pregnant women need to be very careful what they consume.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: Fetal Alcohol Syn-

drome is the most severe of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Alcohol is a teratogen, a drug that interferes with fetal development & can cause birth defects. From 3 weeks after conception, having 4 or more standard drinks- 12 oz. beer, 3-4 oz. wine, 1.5 oz. spirits- over a few hrs. can damage the fetal brain & other organs as they form & develop. See http://fasdcenter.samhsa.gov for more.

In brief: Fetal Alcohol Syn-

drome is the most severe of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Alcohol is a teratogen, a drug that interferes with fetal development & can cause birth defects. From 3 weeks after conception, having 4 or more standard drinks- 12 oz. beer, 3-4 oz. wine, 1.5 oz. spirits- over a few hrs. can damage the fetal brain & other organs as they form & develop. See http://fasdcenter.samhsa.gov for more.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Congenital problem

If the developing baby is exposed to excess alcohol then it can develop abnormalities in brain function as well as facial development.
People with fetal alcohol syndrome can also have emotional difficulties. No one really knows how much alcohol is too much for the baby so we generally advise pregnant women to avoid alcohol.

In brief: Congenital problem

If the developing baby is exposed to excess alcohol then it can develop abnormalities in brain function as well as facial development.
People with fetal alcohol syndrome can also have emotional difficulties. No one really knows how much alcohol is too much for the baby so we generally advise pregnant women to avoid alcohol.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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