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Fetal alcohol syndrome FAS is a serious health problem that tragically affects its victims and their families but that is completely preventable Causing a child to suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome is really nothing short of child abuse that lasts for life Babies born with FAS tend to weigh less and be shorter than normal They usually suffer from smaller heads deformed facial features abnormal joints and limbs poor coordination problems with learning and short memories Victims of fetal alcohol syndrome at all ages may experience the following mental health problems disrupted school experience inappropriate sexual behavior trouble with the law alcohol and drug problems difficulty caring for themselves and their children and homelessness Some questions asked about women with this desease are Should Pregnant Women Drink at All and Is there a safe or acceptable level of alcohol consumption for pregnant women The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaec ologists recently conducted a large study including 400000 American women all of whom had consumed alcohol during pregnancy Not a single case of fetal alcohol syndrome occurred and no adverse effects on children were found when consumption was under 85 drinks per week 98 are under normal height and weight 84 Microcephalic 89 Mental and Motor Retardation 80 Speech impediments 20 Hearing problems 20 SwallowingFeeding problems 72 Hyperactive 58 Slack muscles 20 AutismAggressiveSocial Problems 95 Facial anomalies 29 Heart defects 10 Kidney defects 46 Genital deformities 25 Eye problems 16 Bent crooked little finger 51 Shortened and bent little finger 13 Underdeveloped fingers 9 Hip deformaties 16 Small teeth 30 Pidgeon Chest 7 Concave chest 7 Cleft palate 44 Spinal dimple 12 Hernia 35 Hairgrowth on back of neck ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bibliography volume 2 medical health john s harven c2000
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