Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Implications Of Alcohol Consumption In Teen Pregnancy
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, surprisingly, affects three out of every 1,000 births in the United States. As a common disorder of teenage pregnancy and birth, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome leads to lifelong complications for the child afflicted with the condition. As an innocent victim, educating teenage mothers in the risks of alcohol use, when pregnant, is vitally important to ensuring optimal growth and development of the fetus while in the womb.
Alcohol is a stimulant which, when consumed by a pregnant, teenage female, will enter the bloodstream, pass through the placenta and enter into the fetus. With fetal development underway, the alcohol is then metabolized slowly resulting in damage to significant tissue development. While the levels of alcohol can impair a fetus differently, it is recommended that alcohol never be consumed when pregnant. Unfortunately, in teenage women who are pregnant, the use of alcohol is quite astounding therefore, educating teenage girls on the use of alcohol, both before and during pregnancy may provide significant results in not only improving longevitity and health but also reducing the risk of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome development.
For teenage girls who choose to consume alcohol, the fetus will, undoubtedly, develop Fetal Acohol Syndrome. When alcohol is consumed as early as the first trimester, the neurological system of the fetus is most affected. The fetal brain, unfortunately, can be affected at any time in the pregnancy resulting in a continuing risk for development of FAS at any point in a pregnancy. Marked by characteristics of premature birth, children born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome will exhibit symptoms of cardiac complications, mental retardation, sleep disturbance, hyperactivity and facial abnormalities. In extreme cases, death of the fetus may occur. The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, into adulthood, will attribute to the development of secondary conditions including psychological impairments with many FAS adults demonstrating a prevelance towards criminal behavior and the inability to maintain employment.
Treating infants with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome involves the alleviation of FAS symptoms which manifest as irreversible birth defects. For many children suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, comorbidity with hyperactivity, impulsivity, oppositional behavior and sleep disorders are common. As a result, medications to treat the psychological component, in addition to the array of health complications, is common. Additionally, children suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome may also suffer from anger and feelings of isolation. As a result, early intervention in psychological counseling to include training in anger management methods are not uncommon.
As with any birth defect, the key to optimal treatment lies in the early intervention, diagnosis and treatment. Preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, in teenage pregnancy, is the focus of many teen pregnancy resource centers. In situations where the birth of a child reveals the development of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, educating both parents and baby in the lifelong complications, early, is vitally important. For more information regarding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and teen pregnancy, visit www.come-over.to/FASDAY.