Symptoms of foetal alcohol syndrome

A baby exposed to alcohol in the wombmay have:

  • a head that's smaller than average
  • poor growth they may be smaller than average at birth, grow slowly as they get older, and be shorter than average as an adult
  • distinctive facial features such assmall eyes, a thin upper lip, and a smooth area between the nose and upper lip, though these may become less noticeable with age
  • movement and co-ordination problems, known as Cerebral palsy
  • learning difficultiessuch as problems withthinking, speech, social skills, timekeeping, maths ormemory
  • mood, attention or behaviouralproblemssuch as autism -like behaviour or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • problems with theliver, kidneys, heart or other organs
  • hearing and vision problems

These problems are permanent, though early treatment and support can help limit their impact on an affected child's life.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018