Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Don't Drink While Being Pregnant!

What is this condition / How is it aquired / How can it be prevented

When a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy she risks giving birth to a child who will pay the price of her drinking. In mental and physical deficiencies for his or her entire life. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome may be prevented if the mother doesn't consume any amount of alcohol.

Symtoms & Effects

  • low birth weight
  • small head circumference
  • failure to thrive

  • developmental delay
  • organ dysfunction
  • facial abnormalities, including smaller eye openings, flattened cheekbones, and indistinct philtrum (an underdeveloped groove between the nose and the upper lip)
  • epilepsy
  • behavioral problems, including hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, social withdrawal, stubbornness, impulsiveness, and anxiety
  • How can it be detected / What are some treatment Options

    The symptoms of FAS can't be

    cured

    but early diagnosis and treatment can improve a child's development and outlook.

  • Early intervention to help with walking, talking and social skills
  • Special services in school to help with learning and behavior issues
  • Counseling to benefit parents and the family in dealing with a child's behavior problems
  • Medications to help with some symptoms