What is FASD?
FASD is a brain injury that can occur when an unborn baby is exposed to alcohol. It’s a lifelong disorder with effects that include physical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities that can vary from mild to severe. FASD is the leading known cause of preventable developmental disability in Canada.
Signs and Symptoms
Every unborn baby will be affected by alcohol differently. FASD is often called an invisible disorder because the majority of people with it have no obvious signs of disability. Their learning and behavioural challenges are often mistaken for other problems.
Some babies are born with facial features that are characteristic of FASD. These features are only evident when a fetus is affected by alcohol at a specific stage in pregnancy. Only a small number of people with FASD will have these features. The features include:
If you are a patient of the Temagami Family Health Team and are concerned about the possibility of FASD, please call the office at (705) 569-3244 to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.
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