What are the symptoms of foetal alcohol syndrome?
People born with foetal alcohol syndrome show a range of symptoms at birth, in childhood and throughout life. Most of the major symptoms have to do with brain damage and can include growth deficits, cognitive and learning disorders, low intelligence and behavioural problems. In addition, exposure to alcohol before birth can cause defects in other body organs, such as the heart, the bones and the immune system. Babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome also have a distinct facial appearance.