Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

By: Abby Benson and Natalie Neal

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a conditions in which results from the mother exposing alcohol to th baby while pregnant.

Risk factors

The more alcohol you drink, the greater the chance of the baby having problems.

Prevention

Can be prevented if the mother doesn't drink alcohol while pregnant.

Symptoms

Physical:

Deformities of joints, limbs, and fingers

Vision difficulties

Hearing problems


Brain and central nervous system problems:

Poor coordination or balance

Poor judgement skills


Social and behavioral issues:

Difficulty in school

Problems staying on task

Treatment

Counseling and medications

Quality of life

Yes, it can affect the way you develop as a person.

More Information

Doctor, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders program, online

How common

Between 5,000 and 12,000 babies each year are born with fetal alcohol syndrome.

Sources

Mayoclinic.org

Webmd.com

Kidshealth.com