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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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:
  • Learning.
  • Remembering.
  • 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:
  • Depression.
  • 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.