FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME
If a woman drinks alcohol in large quantities during pregnancy it will result in several fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome of FAS as the severe type among the rest.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the rest of the spectrum disorders can affect children differently with symptoms that can range from mild to severe. The following are some of the symptoms caused by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
- Heart, kidney or bone problems
- Low IQ or has trouble learning everything
- Has poor coordination skills, including with memory retention and focus
- Hyperactivity is also present
- Cannot suck properly when breastfeeding and have trouble sleeping
- As the child grows the symptoms will become worse
The liver plays a very important role in processing alcohol in the body. In the womb, the baby’s liver is not yet functional. The alcohol can easily damage the baby’s organs. If a pregnant woman drinks alcohol – wine, beer, and liquor- in the first trimester, where the baby’s brain starts to develop, it can potentially damage it big time. Drinking in the second or third trimester is not safe no matter how moderate the amount of alcohol intake is. There is no “safe” amount of alcohol a pregnant woman can drink and no safe time either.
For a specialist to successfully diagnosed FAS in an infant, he/she has to look for unusual facial features, low average height and weight, the size of the head is small, hyperactivity and attention problems with poor coordination skills. The symptoms of FAS is not curable, however, early detection and treatment can help greatly in improving a child’s development. Prognosis is good if the condition is diagnosed before age 6, is in a loving, nurturing and supportive home in their school years, not exposed to violence and can avail of special education and social services.
If you think you are suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Fetal Alcohol Syndrome as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).