FASD or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a name used to describe the range of harm that is caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. If a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, her baby is at risk for:
- Brain damage.
- Vision and hearing difficulties.
- Bones, limbs and fingers that are not properly formed.
- Heart, kidney, liver and other organ damage.
- Slow growth.
Damage to your baby's brain means that they my struggle with:
- Thinking things through.
- Getting along with others.
Do children with FASD grow out of their problems?
Parents and teachers can do things to help children with FASD but FASD will not go away - it is a life-long problem. Teens or adults with FASD may have:
- Trouble with the law.
- Drug and alcohol problems.
- Difficulty living on their own.
- Trouble keeping a job..
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Source: Best Start. 'Be Safe: Have an alcohol-free pregnancy'. Available through: www.beststart.org.