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Q: Are there any measures we can take to minimize the chances of our child having been exposed to alcohol abuse?
 

A:Make a list of indicators to look for. Include the following in this list:

  • Age of the bio-mother (the younger the better);
  • A bio-mother's social status;
  • Other children in the family (more children, more chances of FAS);
  • Low second Apgar score (below 7);
  • Severe malocclusion (crooked teeth);
  • Strabismus;
  • Low birth weight;
  • Head circumference (microcephaly) - an unnatural smallness of the head;
  • Specific features of the child's face (dysmorphology): small eye opening, low nasal bridge, flat midface, abnormal smallness of lower jaw, thin upper lip, indistinct groove on upper lip);
  • Growth retardation (weight, length below the 10th percentile);
  • Central nervous system involvement (signs of neurological abnormality, developmental delays, intellectual impairment).
 

 

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