Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of fetal alcohol syndrome?

As noted in the above discussion, an individual with FAS may experience a lifelong litany of both physical and intellectual challenges. Early intervention programs and multi-therapy programs (including physical therapy) may often lessen the impact of the diagnosis.

Is it possible to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome?

Yes! Avoid all alcohol consumption while planning for conception and during pregnancy.

Is it safe to consume alcohol and breastfeed?

The concentration of alcohol in breast milk is very similar to maternal blood levels. Potential consequences include a reduction in breast milk consumption, alteration of newborn sleep and wake cycles, and possible delay of motor development at 1 year of age.

Where can people find more information about fetal alcohol syndrome?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)"

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics


Lyons Jones, Kenneth, et al. Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation, 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders Co, 1997.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)." Jan. 30, 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/index.html>.

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