Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Karley Ferreira

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is growth, mental, and physical problems that may occur in a baby when a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy.

Cause

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

Cure/Treatment

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.

Screening Tests

  • Ultrasound
  • Physical Exams
  • Neurodevelopment Assesment