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Fetal alcohol syndrome

Foetal alcohol syndrome is a term used on a tragic set of permanent physical, mental, and congenital behavioural disabilities that result when mothers drink alcohol during pregnancy. The problems are permanent, though early treatment and support can help limit their impact on an affected child’s life.

Symptoms of foetal alcohol syndrome

• Head that’s smaller than average

• Poor growth, smaller average at birth, grow slowly

• distinctive facial features such as smaller eyes

• balance problems

• learning difficulties – thinking, speech, social skills, math’s, timekeeping

• Lack of attention, concentration or hyperactivity

• liver, kidneys, heart or other organs problems

• hearing and vision problems

Link information: Kids Health Org.

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