Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Nikhiah Knox

What is 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. ( FAS)

How does a baby get it ? ?

  • When a woman drinks alcohol while she is pregnant, the alcohol goes to the baby through her bloodstream.

  • The more alcoholic drinks a pregnant woman has, the more damage may be done to her baby.

  • What are the symptons ?

    Signs of fetal alcohol syndrome may include:
    • Distinctive facial features, including small eyes, an exceptionally thin upper lip, a short, upturned nose, and a smooth skin surface between the nose and upper lip
    • Deformities of joints, limbs and fingers
    • Slow physical growth before and after birth
    • Vision difficulties or hearing problems
    • Small head circumference and brain size (microcephaly)
    • Poor coordination
    • Mental retardation and delayed development
    • Learning disorders
    • Abnormal behavior, such as a short attention span, hyperactivity, poor impulse control, extreme nervousness and anxiety
    • Heart defects :(

    Is there a cure for FAS ( Fatel Alcohol Syndrome ) ??

    There is no cure or treatment for the disabilities of fetal alcohol syndrome but there are certain protective factors that can be applied to reduce or prevent the development of secondary conditions associated with FAS.

    There is no medication or treatment that will reverse the symptoms of FAS and the other disorders associated with alcohol-related birth defects. There is no treatment to reverse or change the physical features or brain damage associated with maternal alcohol use during the pregnancy.