Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Symptoms

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Characteristics of fetal alcohol syndrome symptoms include: stunted or diminished growth, low weight at birth and after birth, mental retardation (ranging from mild to severe), poor performance, mood swings, low IQ (in the 60s), small head size, abnormal posture, and heart murmurs (which may or may not go away.)

Fetal Alcohol syndrome is an invisible avalanche crashing down and overwhelming public resources. Patients with fetal alcohol syndrome typically have multiple handicaps and require special medical, educational, familial and community assistance. A baby born with FAS may be seriously handicapped and require a lifetime of special care. In the United States, about 1,200 children are born each year with fetal alcohol syndrome.

The consequences of fetal alcohol syndrome include deformities and impeded development, though there are doubtless other consequences to this condition as well. It is actually a series of defects, the most serious characteristic being a group of deformities of the head. Children born with fetal alcohol syndrome are also likely to suffer from delayed growth and development.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a type of disorder that starts in the early pregnancy of women drinking alcohol. Accordingly, when a pregnant mother drinks alcohol, the alcohol passes by the placental barrier. This phenomenon stunts the weight and growth of the fetus in the mother's womb. This syndrome isn't discovered until the birth of baby and may not be even discovered unless a mother requests for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome check-up.

Common sense should tell you that the more you drink while pregnant, the greater the risk. Alcohol enters into your bloodstream and it does cross the placenta and reach your baby. The alcohol concentration is higher in your baby than they are of you and this can hinder your baby's developing tissue. There is a high risk during the first trimester, because drinking alcohol then can cause problems with your baby's hear, bones, nervous system and facial features.

As difficult as it is for a teenager to give birth and try to raise a baby it is infinitely more challenging when the infant is inflicted with complications that will last a lifetime. When a pregnant teenager drinks alcohol it enters the bloodstream and finds its way to the fetus. As the alcohol is metabolized the tissues in the fetus will most certainly be negatively affected.

A couple of decades ago, many doctors delivering babies were shocked to realize that some babies were born deformed, had a general growth retardation, a small brain and a particular face. It did not take long to link this phenomenon to the fact that the mothers consumed alcohol during their pregnancy. The problem was named fetal alcohol syndrome.

Like all addictive problems, acknowledging that the problem exists is the most difficult part for a person addicted to alcohol. They often think they suffer from depression or high anxiety levels when in reality, the root of their problems lie in their over consumption of alcohol.

Alcoholism is also qualified by some other expressions. They include use, misuse, heavy use, abuse and dependence. Use is a term which simply refers to a person who drinks any alcoholic products. Misuse and heavy use do not have any standard definitions. Heavy use of alcohol will vary from person to person depending upon the age, alcohol brand and so on.
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This article was published on 2010/12/20