Definition of Fetal alcohol effects (FAE)
Fetal alcohol effects (FAE): A softer diagnosis than fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). The diagnosis of possible FAE is considered when: 1. The person has some signs of FAS; 2. The person does not meet all of the necessary criteria for FAS; and 3. There is a history of alcohol exposure before birth.
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012
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