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Drinking and Pregnancy - The Future of Your Child

What can happen to your baby?


Premature birth

Brain Damage

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Low Birth Weight



When you drink alcohol during pregnancy, the

alcohol in your blood quickly passes through the

placenta and the umbilical cord to your baby.

What can be the result of drinking?

  • distinct facial features (small eyes, thin upper lip, ridge or groove between nose and upper lip and smooth skin)
  • Growth problems: smaller in size and weight, generally do not catch up
  • Vision, hearing and central nervous system problems (CNS)
  • Later in life - problems in school and peers
  • Alcohol-related neurodevelopment disorder (ARND): hyperactivity, social skills, memory, speech, poor judgement, paying attention and learning

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: The Facts

  • Caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy
  • Drinking anytime can harm the baby
  • 1 in 20 children (5%) in the U. S. may have FASD
  • Binge drinking increases the chances

          There is no cure for FASDs, but research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child's development. Early intervention services help children from birth to 3 years of age (36 months) learn important skills. Services include therapy to help the child talk, walk, and interact with others. Therefore, it is important to talk to your child's doctor as soon as possible if you think your child has an FASD or other developmental problem.

          Even if your child has not received a diagnosis, he or she might qualify for early intervention treatment services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says that children younger than 3 years of age who are at risk of having developmental delays may be eligible for services. The early intervention system in your state will help you have your child evaluated and provide services if your child qualifies.

         In addition, treatment for particular symptoms, such as speech therapy for language delays, often does not need to wait for a formal diagnosis.


Resources for Family of FASD Children

  • Hope for Children with FASD; Four Programs that work:
  • Addressing FASD:
  • General resources ages 3-6:
  • General resources for adolescents:

Literature Choices for Children

  • What is a friend?  Boritzor and Vernon
  • Bad Case of Strips. Shannon
  • The Invisible String. Karst
  • It's Okay to be Different.  Parr
  • Everybody's Different. Bleach