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Alcohol-Related Birth Defects
Children with ARBD might have problems with the heart, kidneys, bones, and/or hearing.
Symptoms of a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder may include:
- Sleeping, breathing, or feeding problems
- Small head or facial/dental anomalies
- Heart defects or other organ dysfunction
- Deformities of joints, limbs, and fingers
- Slow physical growth before or after birth
- Vision or hearing problems
- Mental retardation or delayed development
- Behavioral problems.
Other symptoms can include:
- Behavioral or cognitive problems, such as learning difficulties and poor school performance
- Poor coordination
- Hyperactive behavior
- Developmental disabilities, such as speech and language delays
- Learning disabilities
- Mental retardation
- Low IQ
- Self-care problems, such as tying shoes or organizing one's day
- Poor reasoning and judgment skills
- Sleep and sucking disturbances.
People with these disorders often have problems as they get older. These might include:
- Mental health problems
- Disrupted school experiences
- Trouble with the law
- Inappropriate sexual behavior
- A combination of these.
(Click Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome for more information on long-term effects associated with this condition.)
These possible symptoms are not sure signs of the condition. Other problems can also cause these symptoms. Anyone whose child has possible symptoms of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders should see their doctor. Only a trained professional can diagnose and treat the problem.