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What is FAS?

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) describes a baby born with problems because their mother drinks alcohol while she is pregnant.  Mothers do not drink alcohol to hurt their babies, but alcohol can have effects on the baby's development.  Individuals with FAS have:

- Slowed growth, they are shorter and smaller than other people
- Some facial characteristics, have smaller eyes and a smaller lips
- Learn differently that other people

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) describes a baby who has one or two or three of the FAS problems caused by the mother drinking while she was pregnant.  Sometimes it is difficult to tell who has FASD because you can't always see it in their face.

How do you get FASD?

If a mother drinks while she is pregnant she can have a baby with FASD.

When a woman is pregnant everything she eats and drinks goes to the baby.  Alcohol crosses easily into the baby's body from the mom.  When Alcohol is in the baby's system the baby gets less oxygen and fewer nutrients.  Oxygen and nutrients are important for the baby's brain and for the baby to grow.  Alcohol damages the baby's growth.

How can you help someone with FASD?

FASD affects everyone including families, teachers, employers and doctors.  The more we know about people with FASD the more we will be able help them learn and be the best they can be.

Talk to people who have FASD and let them tell you what will help them.

How many people have FASD?

FASD is found anywhere people drink alcohol.  It is found around the world.  It is difficult to tell how many people have FASD because not everyone gets a diagnosis.

How can I find out more about FASD?

You look around this website some more or visit other good websites to learn more.

Or you can call us at the Asante Centre  (604)467-7101