Reports say 1 in 10 pregnant women in India has at least one drink of any alcoholic beverage in the past 30 days. This is where the risk of women developing fetal alcohol syndrome starts.
Women who indulge in alcohol during their pregnancy have threatening effects on their infants. This could give rise to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD has a hoard of disorders; they could range from mild or severe causing mental and physical birth defects.
Under the spectrum, Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a severe condition. The effects would have lasting repercussions on the infant’s hearing, memory, visual, attention span, and communication. These repercussions could be lasting or permanent. The defects would vary from person to person. Check out the below symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome.
The fetal alcohol syndrome symptoms would include:
The child during later years of development could develop behavioral issues such as conduct disorder, depression, attention deficit disorders and psychotic symptoms.
During pregnancy, women who consume alcohol have significant and lasting effects on their fetus and later their infants; causing them to develop alcohol dependence or addiction.
Post birth the infant would be dependent on alcohol causing its central nervous system to be overstimulated which then would cause withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms could develop within few hours after their birth and may last for 18 months. These effects can result in physical abnormalities like the head, face, heart and intellectual disability.
FAS is incurable but there are treatments to curb the symptoms. The earlier the diagnosis is made better is the prognosis. Taking the child for regular checkups can help to monitor the symptoms. Special education specialists, a therapist can help with younger children.
Avoid consuming any form of alcohol, be it even in small amounts during pregnancy. If you have a drinking problem and still want to get pregnant please seek help from a therapist or your child may develop Fetal Alcohol Syndrome during pregnancy or post birth. For more information about the syndrome and its treatment, contact us @+91 96111 94949 for a healthy recovery.