According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health news release, residents are being urged to recognize Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Week that will be held at the State Capitol.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder describes the permanent birth defects that is caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. The term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder was developed to include Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder, Alcohol Related Birth Defects, as well as Fetal Alcohol Effect.
Some of the effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are growth, mental retardation, heart defects, lung defects, kidney defects, very specific facial characteristics, hyperactivity, behavior problems, attention problems, memory problems, and some learning problems.
In this country alone, one in every 100 births are affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. According to Joanne Grossi who is the Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, those affected are more than spina bifida, down syndrome and muscular dystrophy all combined. Although the statistics are horrifying, the one thing we have that is on our side with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is that it is completely preventable.
Each quarter, the Health Departments Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs outs together a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder task force that focuses on awareness, education, prevention and treatment. Many of the task force includes parents of FASD children, advocates, doctors, health providers, nurses, and government policy makers. The task force is made to make people aware that the number of children that are suffering from FASD is just to high, and to make people understand that with education this disorder can become obsolete in the near future.
Dr. Ira Chasnoff, President of the Children’s Research Triangle made a statement in a recent article that states “Pregnant women shouldn’t drink any alcohol,” even one drink a week can cause hyperactivity and aggressive behavior in a child.” This disease is caused by the irresponsibility of the mother who is carrying the unborn child. The child cannot defend him/herself from the destruction the mother is putting upon them. If you know anyone who is pregnant and is drinking, please sit them down and talk to them about the dangers of FASD. Be graphic with them, show them pictures of what the alcohol can and will do to their child. Make them aware immediately of how their unborn child’s life can be affected by their alcohol consumption.
To learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder please visit the FASD Center For Excellence. Don’t wait, if you know someone who is pregnant or you yourself are pregnant and drinking, stop now. The damage to your unborn child is irreversible.
SOURCE : State Health Department Urges Awareness, Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
SOURCE : Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
SOURCE : FASD Center for Excellence
For more information on FASD, visit www.health.state.pa.us or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.