Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Essay

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What do you think about drinking during pregnancy? Do you know what FAS is? Do you want your child to have FAS? Read on and I believe you will come to the same conclusion as I have about FAS.

FAS doesn’t sound so bad, but in reality it is. FAS means Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. FAS is a combination of physical and mental defects first evident at a baby’s birth. FAS is a direct result of a woman drinking alcohol during pregnancy. These defects continue through out the child’s life. One in five hundred children are born with FAS.

Your baby is at risk no matter how much liquor you drink. It doesn’t matter if it’s beer, wine, or hard liquor. The chemicals in the liquor quickly pass through into the placenta, which means the baby absorbs as much
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;        Small teeth with faulty enamel                    
     
Other physical characteristics: Permanent brain damage
                          Heart and kidney defects
                          Long-term behavourial problems
                          Growth problems-shorter and smaller size
                          Deformed fingers and toes
                          Deformities of joints, limbs, and fingers
                          Slow physical growth before and after birth

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