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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)

Possible FAS Symptoms: 

  • Growth deficiencies: small body size and weight, slower than normal development and failure to catch up. 

  • Skeletal deformities: deformed ribs and sternum; curved spine; hip dislocations; bent, fused, webbed, or missing fingers or toes; limited movement of joints; small head.

  • Facial abnormalities: small eye openings; skin webbing between eyes and base of nose; drooping eyelids; nearsightedness; failure of eyes to move in same direction; short upturned nose; sunken nasal bridge; flat or absent groove between nose and upper lip; thin upper lip; opening in roof of mouth; small jaw; low-set or poorly formed ears.

  • Organ deformities: heart defects; heart murmurs; genital malformations; kidney and urinary defects.

  • Central nervous system handicaps: small brain; faulty arrangement of brain cells and connective tissue; mental retardation -- usually mild to moderate but occasionally severe; learning disabilities; short attention span; irritability in infancy; hyperactivity in childhood; poor body, hand, and finger coordination. 

    Source: ADA Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse www.well.com/user/woa/fsfas.htm

Additional Info:

Overview www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol-info/FAS/FAS.html

National Association on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome www.nofas.org/

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Information, Support and Communication Link www.acbr.com/fas/

FAS Community Resource Center www.come-over.to/FASCRC/  


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