Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Essay

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a mental and physical birth defect. It occurs when a pregnant women consumes high levels of alcohol during her pregnancy. The effects of FAS can be traumatic in some cases, and in others children were slightly affected by exposure to alcohol. FAS has a wide range of effects on the fetus and infant, retarded growth, under developed facial features, slow cognitive development, and many more. The evidence of cases is overwhelming, yet in some societies it is still an on-going problem. I am going to cover the effects of FAS during the lifespan.
1. Infancy
The effects of FAS have a wide range of defects on infancy, damaged neurons, brain structure, heart and lung development is affected in a lot of cases. There
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a mental and physical birth defect. It occurs when a pregnant women consumes high levels of alcohol during her pregnancy. The effects of FAS can be traumatic in some cases, and in others children were slightly affected by exposure to alcohol. FAS has a wide range of effects on the fetus and infant, retarded growth, under developed facial features, slow cognitive development, and many more. The evidence of cases is overwhelming, yet in some societies it is still an on-going problem. I am going to cover the effects of FAS during the lifespan.
1. Infancy
The effects of FAS have a wide range of defects on infancy, damaged neurons, brain structure, heart and lung development is affected in a lot of cases. There are many cases of FAS, and most of them are very similar in behavior patterns and social problems. One study in particular follow two brothers, Mark 18 months old and older brother James, we will discuss James a little later. This study comes out of the book “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome” from the Institute of Medicine. Mark has been in foster care since birth, showed no language development, and would often bite people. He would also bite his toys and attempt to swallow nonfood items, which is a condition known as “Pica”. This would cause him to often choke on items and his foster parents always feared he would asphyxiate. After one year in a stable home, with loving foster parents and structure in his life, Mark showed great improvement. He was

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