Worldwide, there has been an alarming increase in risky drinking in young women, including in pregnancy. This poses risks to both mother and unborn child. Alcohol crosses the placenta and may cause miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
FASD are commonly associated with birth defects, growth failure, developmental delay and lifelong problems with learning and behaviour. Importantly, FASD are preventable if women avoid alcohol in pregnancy! Health, teaching and justice professionals must be aware of FASD, because early recognition and appropriate management decrease the risk of problems in later life. Recognition of FASD may also help prevent birth of an affected sibling and enable treatment for the mother.
This video is written and narrated by one of Australia's leaders in the field, paediatrician Professor Elizabeth Elliott from the University of Sydney and is a 'must watch' for anyone involved in the care and education of children. This wide-ranging interview with Melanie Hogan provides an invaluable overview of FASD - its characteristics, diagnosis and prevention.
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