Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is growth, mental, and physical problems that may occur in a baby when a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy.
Alcohol (wine, beer, liquor) is the leading preventable cause of FAS. When women drink during pregnancy she risks giving the baby FAS.
1 in every 750 babies have FAS.
The method of inheritance is environmental.
Effects on Fetus
- Smaller heads
- Deformed facial features
- Abnormal joints and limbs
- Poor coordination
- Problems with learning
- Short memory
There is not a specific group that is affected, it all depends on the mother.
To prevent FAS..
-Don't drink while pregnant
-Try to get help if you are addicted
-Get educated about FAS
There are no cures or treatments for FAS. Many children with FAS can get special treatment and help. They should stay away from as much violence as possible and be in a safe environment. Medication can be provided to help with the symptoms.
- Physical Exams
- Neurodevelopment Assesment