Up to 5% of first graders may have fetal alcohol disorders

There are a number of articles hitting the news about this today.  Some say that the rate might be as much as 10 times higher than previously thought.  The common warning is that pregnant women should not drink at all.  Of course, women of child-bearing years sometimes do not know they are pregnant and can do damage to the unborn without even knowing it.

 

It is estimated that the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders — which include fetal alcohol syndrome, partial fetal alcohol syndrome and alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder — in first graders falls between 1.1% and 5% in four regions within the United States.“If children are affected by prenatal alcohol, there can be measurable effects in cognitive and/or

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