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Birth Defects The issue of birth defects has been a growing problem in America More and more mothers are doing careless acts which is slowly damaging their unborn child Many of these mistakes can be fixed The leading causes of birth defects is alcohol intake during birth tobacco and drug usage Many problems can occur when a mother drinks during pregnancy Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FAS is the most reoccurring problem There are many ways to tell if a baby is affected by this syndrome These include birth weight under the tenth percentile behavioral problems and unusual formation of the face Children will have trouble with learning attention problem solving lack of coordination and memory Many of these characteristics can not be determined until the child is well under age Not everyone who drinks during pregnancy will have a child that is diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Other variables could effect the child as well A example of this is drug usage In order to educate mothers about problems that could occur from drinking alcohol Congress and communities have worked together In 1988 a bill was passed that required a warning label on all alcoholic beverages This label consisted of all of the birth defects that could occur from drinking Tobacco usage is very damaging and even life threatening to a fetus Numerous problems could occur if a mother smokes while she is pregnant Some of these problems include preterm births spontaneous abortion and low weight full term babies Also children can be greatly effected by second hand smoke Bronchitis pneumonia and other illnesses are just a couple examples of what second hand smoke could do to a child There have been efforts all over the country trying to eliminate the sale of tobacco products Some of these efforts include restrictions on tobacco availability increasing the tax on tobacco and in some states there has been
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