What You Should Know About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

1 in 100 babies has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
My Sweet Sylas K is 1 of those babies

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is Preventable

While the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome can be quite devastating the good news is that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is entirely preventable.  Avoiding any amount of alcohol during pregnancy is necessary.  In fact, some of the most severe damage to development can occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a mother even knows she is expecting.  The best course of action would be to avoid drinking any alcohol if you are trying to conceive.  

There is No Cure For Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

There is no cure for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Children will not “outgrow” Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Fetal Alcohol Syndrome involves lifelong brain damage, physical defects, and emotional struggles.  While there is no cure for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome there are treatment options.  Mental Health Services, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Medication Management, and a supportive and nurturing home environment can help children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome thrive.  

You Can Help Prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Many doctors are still telling expectant mothers that drinking in moderation during pregnancy is okay.  You can help prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome by helping to dispel this myth.  No amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe!  Talk to your friends and family that are expecting and encourage them to avoid all alcohol consumption during pregnancy.  

There Is Support Available

Having a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome can feel very isolating but you are not alone.  There is help and support available.  You never have to be alone!  NOFAS- The National Organization On Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a wonderful resource for families and professionals alike.  Visit NOFAS to learn more about preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and living with the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  

You Can Help Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

You can help children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in several ways.  First, advocate for funding for mental health treatment and education.  Cuts to mental health funding and education affect all children with special needs negatively.   Next, try to be empathetic to children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome learn differently and process things in a unique manner.  Try to understand that they aren’t being naughty they just need a little more time to process the information you are giving them.  Finally, be supportive of parents that have children with special needs.  Offer to help them when needed, don’t judge, and provide positive encouragement.  Healthy supported parents tend to have healthy supported kids.  
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is something children will struggle with their entire lives.  But we can support them, we can love them, and they can live happy successful lives.  

Comments

  1. says

    I must respectfully amend your statement that drinking in moderation is not safe– it absolutely can be. In Europe most women drink the same moderate amount they have always drunk– a glass of wine or one beer or one mixed drink with their meails. What is not safe is binge drinking, drinking more than you’re used to, or drinking without eating.

    i think what you mean to say is that there isn’t a set guaranteed “safe” limit– what’s fine for the tall girl who has had a moscato with eveey dinner her whole adult life may not be fine for the 100-lb soaking wet girl who’s had a margarita at a party once before. That doesn’t mean drinking in moderation isn’t safe, it just means “in moderation” is different for every person, and if you don’t know your limit, you may as well err on the side of caution.

    (Having been raised in Europe I’ve drank in moderation my whole adult life- usually with food- and have done so throughout my pregnancies and extended nursings of both my beautiful, highly-intelligent kiddos!)

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