Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the only non- genetic Mental Handicap that is 100% avoidable. It is caused by a mother-to-be ingesting alcohol whilst pregnant and the symptoms are irreversible
What causes it?
It is difficult to say how much a pregnant woman would need to drink for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome to occur, as there is no proven safe limit. The government health guide lines suggests that the only way to be sure is not to drink any alcohol during pregnancy, but it goes without saying, that the more you drink, the greater the risk. Frequent drinking and binge drinking are considered particularly dangerous.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms vary according to the severity of the handicap. Facially, children with the syndrome have a different appearance including abnormalities such as a flat mid face, short nose, low nasal bridge, thin upper lip and fold on inner eyelid. They are often born small and underweight with slack muscle tone.
Children with Fetal Alcohol syndrome are often mentally impaired, the extent of this again can vary, ranging from mild mental retardation, through to severe mental handicaps. This damage is permanent and irreversible.
What if I cant Stop Drinking?
The main thing to consider, if prior to pregnancy you were a regular drinker or a binge drinker and you are now finding it difficult to stop during pregnancy, is to get some professional support and help.
This can be difficult, as a pregnant woman is often afraid of being judged or confronted over her drinking habits. But seeking help as early as possible could make all the difference between having a healthy baby and a baby born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
How we can help
Addiction helper will never judge an individual seeking help for an alcohol problem. It takes courage to ask for help and we will always treat each case individually with respect, confidence and discression. We can offer a number of treatment options, and will take into account your individual circumstances and needs before making any recommendations. Our main priory is your health and well – being and we will take every step to ensure that you are well cared for and supported every step of the way.