Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, also known as FAS, is arguably one of the worst repercussions of alcohol addiction imaginable. Here’s everything that expectant mothers need to know about the condition, its impacts, and the best treatments for both parent and child.
What Is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a health condition that can occur in a child whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. It is the worst syndrome in a wider group of alcohol-related issues known collectively as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), and it may harm the infant in several ways with life-lasting impacts.
Symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FAS can cause a range of physical, mental, and emotional complications during the child’s development. While symptoms and severity levels can vary from one infant to the next, the most common signs include;
Not all children with FAS will display all symptoms while many individual signs can be linked to other conditions. Nonetheless, when the above issues are displayed in the infant, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome may be diagnosed as the cause.
What Causes Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
In short, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is caused by the mother’s alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Not every woman who drinks during pregnancy will cause FAS in their child. However, it is also impossible to tell how much (if any) is a safe amount to drink in relation to a child’s vulnerability to the condition.
FAS (and FASD as a whole) is not usually a term used in clinical circles as there is no way to test for it via blood examinations or scans. Nonetheless, a doctor can look for physical abnormalities, developmental issues, and Central Nervous System problems even without the mother’s admission of alcohol addiction or consumption during pregnancy.
What Are The Treatments For FAS?
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a lifelong condition that has no known cure. However, a variety of treatments are available to support the infant throughout childhood and into their adult life.
The most effective treatments focus on the individual’s symptoms. The most likely solutions include:
An early diagnosis is the best way to ensure a child receives the best level of support, along with tailored care. If you suspect your child has FAS or any form of FASD, you should speak to a doctor ASAP.
How To Prevent Your Child From Getting Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Prevention is the best form of protection for any child. Staying sober during pregnancy is the only way to support your child from FAS, as well as a host of additional health conditions.
Pregnancy is the perfect motive for quitting your alcohol addiction too. So, if you are thinking of starting a family in the future, now is the time to break free from your dependence. Peaks Recovery has an inpatient rehab, as well as a medical detox that will benefit both you and your future children. To find out more, get in touch today.