WHAT IS FAS/E?
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects is the name given to a variety of damage caused to a baby when the mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF FAS/E?
Babies are too small, underweight, have slack muscle tone, typical facial anomolies include:- Thin upper lip, low nasal bridge, fold on inner eyelid, flat midface, short nose, indistinct Philtrum ( The ridge between upper lip and nose is barely visable) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects also causes:- Permanent brain damage from mental retardation through to severe mental handicaps. Microcephalie, Speech impediments, Hyperactivity, Heart and Eye disorders, Genital deformities, behavioural problems (Autismus, agressiveness, impaired social skills) and more.......
BUT SURELY YOU HAVE TO BE AN ALCOHOLIC TO HAVE A CHILD LIKE THIS?
This attitude is dangerous! "Normal" everyday drinking and binge drinking can also cause damage. In Germany between 10,000-15,000 babies are damaged this way every year. (Löser 1999)
HOW MUCH IS A PREGNANT WOMAN ALLOWED TO DRINK?
No amount of alcohol has ever been proven to be safe for a developing child. (Löser 1999)This means that the only truly safe amount is NONE!
WHAT SORT OF FUTURE CAN THESE CHILDREN EXPECT?
Even children with a "mild" Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects are unable to persue "Normal" schooling.(See Secondary Disabilities)
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
You could, for instance, write to the German Ministry of Health, asking why there are no warnings on Alcoholic beverages here in Germany. Even though Germany is one of the worlds top Alcohol consuming countries. Or to your own if your country doesn´t have such warnings. You could also write to the European Parlament supporting FASworld Germanys private petition for warnings on drinks.(See FASworld News) You could also join FASworld and help us raise FAS awareness.
FAS ANOMOLIE STATISTICS
FAS/FAE/ARBD/ARND (Information on Alcohol related disabilities)
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN? (How alcohol effects a baby in each trimester)
WHAT ABOUT THE FATHERS?
FASWORLD; THE BUTTERFLY REVOLUTION
FASworld Germany has made it through the first round with a private Petition appealing for warnings on Alcoholic beverages to the European Parliament!
If you would like to support this Petition, Please write to:-
Subject: Petition 21/2000 Committee on the Enviroment,Public Health and Consumer Policy of the European Parliament, Rue Wiert, B.P. 1047B-1047 Bruxelles
Thank you in advance from all children with FAS!
MPs from all political parties voted Monday night for a motion in favour of placing warning labels on all liquor sold in Canada.
The motion calls for the labels to help prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other birth defects. The warning, which will be required on all alcoholic beverages sold in Canada, reads: "WARNING: Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects." MPs voted 217 in favor of the labels and 11 against.
The Guttempler Organisation will be supporting FASworld Germany on the 09.09.2001 with Information Stands in different areas of Germany!
Prof. Bernhard Schwitchenberg, well known German Designer/Artist is supporting FASworld Germanys Poster competition in 2001!
FASworld has now been joined by Austria!
Nasdijj, author of the book "The blood flows like a river through my dreams" has signed FASworld Germanys English guestbook!
FASworld Germany has been interviewed for an article in "Baby" magazine, which is given away free in every chemists in the country. Available in March in all chemists!
"Boozing is dangerous for your health""Asgaard" (Schleswig) is the first brewery to put warning lables on it´s own product!
FAS UK will be supported in 2001 by all florists in the town of Wigan, England!
FAS UK has had Posters sponsered by the Wigan Head Office of JJB Sports, a company with over 600 countrywide shops. Students at the Dept. of Art and Design, Wigan and Leigh College at Pagefield Mill Wigan have created the posters.
Bonnie Buxton (FASworld worldwide Coordinator) is in the process of writing a book about FAS which will hopefully be published world wide!
The wife of the Canadian Prime Minister made a FASday proclomation in Calgary!
"Donovan" sang in South Africa while Carillions played!
Govener Perry stood in for Govenor Bush and made a FASday proclomation in Texas!
In New York a FASday Proclomation was made by Govenor Pataki.
"Mum, do you think God will give me a new face, everyone calls me Monkey and Granny face!" (FAS Kid 7)
Grand Rapids Conference, 1-2 Nov. 1999
1) Ann Streissguth, PH.D. "Secondary Disabilities of FAS" 85 min.
2) Sterling Clarren, M.D. "FAS a Preventable Tragedy" 88 min.
3) Debra Evensen, M.A. "Strategies for the young child" 84 min.
4) Debra Evensen, M.A. "Creating Success at Home with Younger Children with FAS" 70 min.
5) Diane Malbin, M.S.W. "Adolescents and Adults with FAS" Try Differently, Not Harder! 76 min.
6) Sterling Clarren, M.D. "Development of a FAS Diagnostic und Prevention Network" 54 min.
7) Ann Streissguth, PH.D. "A Unique Approach to Interventions for Women" The Parent-Child Assisteance Program. 100 min.
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