It is estimated that in Finland, 600–3,000 babies are born each year who have been damaged by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Studies have shown that alcohol use during pregnancy can seriously damage the baby’s health. The most severely affected babies have intellectual disabilities.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) refers to the range of effects caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. It includes Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), the characteristic external features of which include short height, small head size and unusual facial features.
FASD children and adolescents have problems in the areas of learning, understanding and behaviour. Attention and concentration problems as well as behavioural issues, such as difficulties with assessing situations and understanding social cues, are typical.
Alcohol use during pregnancy is currently the number one cause of intellectual disability in the West. It is also the only cause whose effects could be fully prevented.
There is no safe limit of alcohol during pregnancy – the safest option is to give up alcohol completely when planning pregnancy.
Read more about FASD at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
We open our stores on the International FASD Awareness Day 9.9. at 9.09.