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What are characteristics of babies and children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)?

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Babies and children with FASDs may:

  • Be smaller, shorter, and weigh less than normal
  • Have smooth skin between the nose and the top lip instead of the usual groove
  • Have poor memory and learning disabilities
  • Be hyperactive and have trouble paying attention
  • Have trouble communicating or getting along with others
  • Make poor choices

SOURCES:

CDC: “Alcohol use in pregnancy,” “Alcohol and pregnancy questions and answers.”

March of Dimes: “Alcohol during pregnancy.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Tobacco, alcohol, drugs and pregnancy.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Health Issues of Premature Babies.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 20, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Alcohol use in pregnancy,” “Alcohol and pregnancy questions and answers.”

March of Dimes: “Alcohol during pregnancy.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Tobacco, alcohol, drugs and pregnancy.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Health Issues of Premature Babies.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 20, 2017

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