Fetal Alcohol Syndrome ( Fas )

1404 Words Feb 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Children are born every second of every day on all different parts of the globe. However, before they are introduced into the world they must develop in a special incubator known as the mother’s womb. Throughout the nine months of growth, it is crucial for the mother to consume certain nutrients and avoid harmful substances. In many countries, one of the cognitive disorders is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). According to Feldman (2009), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a disorder that is induced by pregnant women who have consumed alcohol during the duration of their pregnancy, possibly resulting in mental deformity and delayed the growth of the child. Some characteristics of FAS include growth deficiency and central nervous system dysfunction (Mattson, 2006). Although the child may not be diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, if the child was exposed to alcohol during pregnancy, the child is still at great risk for birth defects, mental retardation, and neurodevelopmental disorders (Wedding, 2007). According to psychologists and doctors, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a leading preventable birth defect (Wedding, 2007). The best way to prevent FAS is to educate mothers about harmful substances that affect the well-being of their child relating to cognitive abilities. Within this essay, I will present information about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and its effects on the unborn child’s cognitive ability which will set the tone for the child 's learning ability throughout their life.…
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