Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Everything you need to know about FAS and FASD!
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are caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy:
FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
FASD is not a diagnostic term. It is an umbrella term that includes
the following diagnoses that are caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol:
ARBD: Alcohol Related Birth Defects
Anomalies such as heart defects, sight/hearing problems, joint anomalies, etc.
FAS: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Symptoms include small head circumference, small eye openings, smooth philtrum, thin upper lip, and brain damage. Full FAS comprises only about 10% of the spectrum. The other 90% may have fewer physical symptoms but are at greater risk for developing serious secondary conditions later. (Streissguth, 1997)
ARND: Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders
(formerly called FAE, or Fetal Alcohol Effects)
Disorders such as attention deficits, behavior disorders, or other neurological disorders without the facial features. ARND is the invisible form of FAS.
Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading preventable cause of mental retardation in western civilization.
But most persons with FASD have an IQ in the normal range. (Streissguth, 1997)
The incidence of full Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in America is 1.9 cases per 1,000 births (1/500).
Incidence of babies with disabilities resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure: 1/100!
FASD is a major health issue in western civilization today. More American babies are born with FAS than with Down Syndrome, MD, and HIV combined.
"Alcohol causes more neurological damage to the developing baby than any other substance." Institute of Medicine report to Congress
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