Clinical Pearl of the Day: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition in a child that results from alcohol exposure during the mother's pregnancy.
- Fetal alcohol syndrome causes brain damage and growth problems.
- The problem caused by fetal alcohol syndrome vary from child to child, but defects caused by fetal alcohol syndrome are not reversible.
- There is no amount of alcohol that's known to be safe to consume during pregnancy.
- Symptoms include physical defects, such as vision, heart, joint growth, as well as nervous system problems.
- Causes include alcohol in the bloodstream and reaching the placenta and fetus.
- Treatment may include early intervention, addressing any fetus problems, vocational and life skills training for the born child, as well as family support for the mother and the child.
Fetal alcohol syndrome - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
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