Fetal alcohol syndrome

Treat Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Naturally

Fetal alcohol syndrome is a serious condition considered part of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. It is caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy and the defects and deformities this alcohol consumption causes during development of the fetus. In order to prevent any of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders mothers who are pregnant should absolutely avoid alcohol while pregnant.

Treating and caring for children and adults with fetal alcohol syndrome is a life-long challenge for both the carers and the patients. It is important that those who are caring for a patient give themselves time to rejuvenate and recover. 

What are the symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

  • Small head
  • Smooth ridge between the upper lip and nose, small eyes and other abnormal facial features
  • Below average height
  • Below average weight
  • Hyperactivity
  • Lack of focus
  • Poor coordination
  • Slowed development
  • Poor judgement
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental retardation
  • Organ problems and defects
  • Limb defects and deformations
  • Mood swings

How can I tell prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

  • Pregnant women bear the brunt of the responsibility for preventing their children suffering from fetal alcohol spectrum disorders like fetal alcohol syndrome. If you are pregnant you should:
  • Give up alcohol
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages while pregnant
  • Avoid situations in which you would usually drink
  • Try other forms of relaxation such as meditation or yoga
  • Get help if you don’t think you can stop drinking on your own.

How do I treat Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

Parents of children with fetal alcohol syndrome should carefully weigh the benefits and risks of choosing to treat their child without prescribed medication. Do not make a decision about how to treat your child without discussing all the pros and cons of each and every change with your doctor and other health and support professionals.

  • Build a team. Get together with your doctor and establish a group of people to help you and your child.
  • Work with your child’s education system. Build a team of teachers, support personnel and others. Take the time to work with your child’s principle, teachers and any assistants so that they know who your child is and what their needs are. Take advantage of special needs offerings at your school.
  • Consider both traditional and alternative therapies. Medication is only one piece of the puzzle. Look into biofeedback, relaxation therapy, art therapy, yoga, massage, and maybe animal-assisted therapy.
  • Get counseling for you and your child. You have to care for yourself as well as your child!
  • Keep your child hydrated. Monitor their fluid intake. Dehydration can lead to irritation and aggressive behavior.
  • Consider going on a GFCF (gluten free, casein free) diet. The peptides caused by these foods can cause problems in brain function.
  • Make sure you discuss any natural supplements with your doctor to make sure they don’t conflict with any medications your child may be on.
  • Make sure your child is eating a balanced diet free of as many preservatives and colorants as possible.
  • Keep your child on a schedule that helps them get plenty of sleep or rest.
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