What is a diagnosis of a Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAE)?

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A diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Effect or Syndrome is based on a number of factors, among them low weight, stunted fetal growth, and relatively distinctive facial features that are affected by alcohol consumption on the part o the mother.  Some of the main effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome are not observable until post-birth because they are tied to central nervous system damage and particularly brain damage caused when alcohol crosses the placental barrier and damages the structures within the fetus.

The damage of alcohol consumption can occur at any point during pregnancy as the development of the central nervous system is constantly developing during pregnancy.

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