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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

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When a pregnant woman uses drugs or drinks alcohol, changes can occur in the body and brain of her baby. These changes can result in a wide range of symptoms, including physical, behavioral, and learning disabilities.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term used to describe the effects that can occur when a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy.

Symptoms

Symptoms of FASD include:

  • Abnormal facial features
  • Slowed physical growth
  • Delays in development of language, motor skills, and social skills

Children with FASD can have serious lifelong disabilities other than intellectual disabilities, such as behavioral and learning challenges.

Treatment

There are many types of treatment options for children who were exposed to drugs or alcohol during the prenatal period.

  • Medication
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Educational interventions

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