Thursday, January 14, 2010

What Is FASD? ? ?

Alcoholic drinks is not good for babies

This information was come from the internet.

It is a medical diagnosis that refers to a specific cluster of anomalies associated with the use of alcohol during pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is one of the major known preventable birth defects among Canadian children.
Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE) is a term used to describe the presence of some, but not all, FASD characteristics when prenatal exposure to alcohol has been confirmed (also used occasionally when use is uncertain)

Fast Facts of FAS
  • Based on estimated rates industrialized countries 1-3 per 1,000 births, it is estimated that in Canada at least one child is born with FASD each day.
  • The effects of FASD/FAE can last a lifetime.
  • Estimated lifetime extra health care, education and social services costs associated with the care of an individual with FASD are US$1.4M
Prenatal exposure to alcohol can cause
  • intellectual deficits and learning disabilities
  • hyperactive
  • attention and/or memory deficits
  • inability to manage anger
  • difficulties with problem solving
  • prenatal and post natal growth deficiencies

Potential secondary condition include
  • early school drop out
  • alcohol and drug abuse problems
  • problems securing and maintaining employment
  • homelessness
  • trouble with the law
  • mental health problems
Protective factors include
  • abstinence early identification and diagnosis
  • direct involvement with special services
  • supportive environments

"The prudent choice for women who are or may be pregnant is to abstain from alcohol."