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One Drink for Mommy, One Drink for Baby

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In the United States one in five babies are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and  never make it to see their first birthday. The ones that do survive, suffer from many problems. FAS is the leading cause of mental retardation. Forty thousand babies are born every year with FAS.  Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is defined as an incurable condition found in some children of mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy.*

FAS can cause many different physical problems and mental disabilities that can follow a child through his whole life. Problems like stunted physical growth, learning disabilities, and sometimes, complete mental retardation can happen. Alcohol also interferes with tissue growth including brain tissue. Some of the lesser problems are poor coordination and difficulty with controlling behavior. FAS manifests itself in highly-recognizable facial deformities, including low nasal bridge, thin upper lip, thin eye openings, smoothed philtrum, flat mid-face, or underdeveloped jaw.

One in five mothers admit to using drugs or alcohol while pregnant. This is far too many.  It’s time to be aware of this horrible syndrome– don’t make your baby pay for your actions.

*Definition and information from The Developing Child, the textbook used in Child Development taught by Mrs. Orange.

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