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asked in category: General Last Updated: 24th March, 2020

What causes fetal alcohol syndrome?

Babies exposed to alcohol in the womb can develop fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). These disorders include a wide range of physical, behavioral, and learning problems. The most severe type of FASD is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). It is caused by heavy drinking during pregnancy.

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Furthermore, how is fetal alcohol syndrome caused?

When you're pregnant and you drink alcohol: Alcohol enters your bloodstream and reaches your developing fetus by crossing the placenta. Alcohol causes higher blood alcohol concentrations in your developing baby than in your body because a fetus metabolizes alcohol slower than an adult does.

Beside above, can Fetal Alcohol Syndrome be caused by the father? Maternal exposure to alcohol in-utero is a known risk and cause of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS children suffer significant problems such as retarded intellect, stunted growth and nervous system abnormalities, social problems and isolation. Until now, fathers have not had a causal link to such disabilities.

One may also ask, what are 5 signs and symptoms of Fasds?

Signs and Symptoms

  • Abnormal facial features, such as a smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip (this ridge is called the philtrum)
  • Small head size.
  • Shorter-than-average height.
  • Low body weight.
  • Poor coordination.
  • Hyperactive behavior.
  • Difficulty with attention.
  • Poor memory.

How common is fetal alcohol syndrome?

The CDC estimates that 1 in 1,000 children has FAS, though some estimates range up to 9 in 1,000. But FAS is part of the larger, broader category of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). But the new research in JAMA suggests that 3.1% to 9.9% of children throughout the U.S. have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

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