Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Research Paper

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

On any given day in the United States approximately 10,600 babies are born. (US Census Bureau).
Of those, twenty babies are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), is a series of both mental and physical birth defects that can include mental retardation, growth deficiencies, central nervous system disorders, behavioral problems, and craniofacial deformities…and it is one hundred percent preventable.

Growth deficiencies can be significant and include the following:

Weight Length
Head Circumference

Craniofacial deformities reveal eyes that are small with large inner epicanthic folds. The bridge of the nose is poorly developed. The ears are sometimes large and under developed. When baby is delivered, they may show signs of alcohol withdrawal, depending on the mother’s level of alcohol intake, with signs of delirium tremens. They are inconsolable, display weak grasps, and have difficulty in feeding/sucking. …show more content…

First named and treated in the 1960’s, the condition results from the toxic effect of alcohol consumption and its chemical factors on a developing fetus. FAS is the leading cause of mental retardation in one out of every seven hundred fifty births. This number changes drastically if the mother is a heavy, habitual alcoholic, as high as twenty nine children out of every one thousand births. The ultimate sadness of this disease is that is one hundred percent

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