Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Essay

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The Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Children Liberty University Coun 502: Human Growth and Development Ralph Fox Janet Williams 12/12/2012 Abstract Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is not just an isolated birth defect; it is a compilation of associated problems with the most severe being alcohol exposure. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a widespread but avoidable cause of mental retardation. This paper focused on the physical deformities of adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the social issues they face, mental and health concerns. The paper explored diagnosis, tests for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and ways those children and their families were able to find support in dealing with it. The paper concluded with a discussion of avoidable measures for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Although there is a vast amount of education on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Effects, it is still a widespread problem in America. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is widely known and is fully preventable. This condition is due to a female exposing her unborn fetus to alcohol. Fetuses receive the alcohol in their systems through the blood vessels in the placenta. This is hazardous for the unborn child because he or she receives nourishment and oxygen through the mother’s blood. The alcohol goes into the mother’s blood stream, through the placenta, and last goes into the blood supply of the developing baby. In order to prevent this condition, a mother should not use alcohol during her pregnancy. The higher the mother’s blood and alcohol level the more damage is placed on the developing fetus (Hawkins, 2010). This condition is very severe and could pose lifelong problems in the child. Once the onset of this condition has occurred, there is no reversing. In addition, babies who have FAS customarily do not receive prenatal care as encouraged. Without prenatal care,

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