Information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
If a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, there is a chance that her baby can develop fetal alcohol syndrome. Prevention is easy: Don't drink alcohol when pregnant. Ever. Unfortunately, a child born with this condition will have to deal with it throughout their life. As a result, they often have trouble with school, work, personal relationships, substance abuse, and even legal problems. Birth defects are also common.
There is no cure for fetal alcohol syndrome, but if diagnosed early, and with appropriate interventions, positive long-term outcomes are possible. There is some debate as to how common the condition is, as the statistics vary widely, depending on the population studied and the surveillance methods used.
(Click Fetal Alcohol Syndrome for more information, including the effects of alcohol on a developing baby, secondary complications, specific treatment methods, and how it is diagnosed.)