Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a set of problems that may affect a child if the mother used alcohol during pregnancy. The alcohol in the mother's blood passed to the baby before birth. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect the development of the baby's brain and spinal cord.
The effects of FAS may range from mild to severe. FAS may affect the appearance of the baby's head, face, and eyes.
A newborn with FAS may have low birth weight and may grow more slowly than other babies. Your baby may have problems with sucking that keep him or her from getting enough nutrition.
Effects of FAS may include physical or mental challenges that can last for life. Some FAS effects, like learning or behavioural problems, might not appear until the child is older.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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