What is Foetal Alcohol Syndrome?
Being pregnant comes with the responsibility that you have to take care of your health and your unborn baby’s health. This means you shouldn’t engage in risky behaviour like smoking or drinking alcohol because that can put your unborn baby at the risk of getting Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Here’s more about it.
What is it?
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a condition that causes growth problems, brain damage, behavioural problems and developmental issues in unborn children. It is caused by alcohol that a woman consumes while pregnant. The effects of FAS on the unborn baby can lead to permanent and irreversible physical and psychological conditions.
What are the signs and symptoms?
These are some of the signs and symptoms of a baby with FAS :
- Children with Foetal Alcohol Syndromewill have abnormally small lips, eyes, and nose
- Children with Foetal Alcohol Syndromewill have a smaller than average head and brain size. This can also lead to learning problems.
- Shorter than average height
- Low body weight
- Difficulty paying attention at home or school, as well as poor memory and concentration
- Speech delays
- A low IQ
- Vision or hearing problems
- Problems with the kidneys, heart or bones.
To prevent Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, it’s important for the pregnant woman not to drink alcohol during the duration of the pregnancy. Even one or two glasses of wine can be harmful to the baby.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. This illness lasts a lifetime. If you are pregnant and have been drinking alcohol, make sure you let your doctor or healthcare provider know about it as soon as possible so they can help you with treatment that can alleviate some for the symptoms, and improve the child’s development.
As you can see, drinking alcohol while you’re pregnant can have very serious health consequences for the child. Remember that there isn’t an amount of alcohol that you can safely drink while you’re pregnant. You can have a good and healthy pregnancy without drinking alcohol. You can start by reading this article.
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