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What are the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome?

People born with fetal 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 behavioral 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 fetal alcohol syndrome also have a distinct facial appearance.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 12 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Down syndrome


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