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Research Paper After seeing a man like that I considered myself very lucky Physically you could call him a man but mentally he was a young boy I dont remember his name but well call him Joe Joes mother drank while he was in utero As a result he suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome Too many women dont realize the developmental effects of using drugs and alcohol during pregnancy As a result of this many cases of fetal alcohol syndrome go unnoticed and thus untreated Though we dont hear about this problem often enough it is very prevalent in our society Nearly one in 500 births results in a child being born to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome otherwise known as FAS One in thirty births are born with Fetal Alcohol Effects Those diagnosed with FAS have prenatal and postnatal birth deficits central nervous system dysfunction specific facial characteristics and body malformation problems Children who display only some of these effects are claimed to have FAE or fetal alcohol effects The sad thing is that most infants and children who suffer from fetal alcohol effects go unnoticed They are looked upon as having behavioral problems Because of this lack of recognition the treatment of their problems are mishandled which creates a very difficult and confusing childhood for these children McCreight 1997 Even when fetal alcohol effects are recognized there is limited treatment There are hardly any programs in schools and society to help the children maintain normalcy It was not until 1973 that the deficit was first acknowledged and given a name Nearly thirty years later we are still having problems diagnosing and treating this incurable syndrome The most obvious characteristics of those with FAS are facial deficits which include a short upturned nose a small head a broad and flattened face a large space between the eyes ears laid lower on the head a long and thin upper lip and eyes with
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