Lecturer In Child Health, University of Western Australia.
Fetal alcohol syndrome: implications to family and society in Australia
Article first published online: 10 MAR 2008
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 101–105, June 1980
How to Cite
WALPOLE, I. R. and HOCKEY, A. (1980), Fetal alcohol syndrome: implications to family and society in Australia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 16: 101–105. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1980.tb01272.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 10 MAR 2008
- Received May 22, 1979.
- Fetal alcohol syndrome;
- family and social;
- management at-risk pregnancy
Aspects of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) not previously emphasized are illustrated by seven new cases, two of whom are aboriginal patients. The diagnostic and social importance of seeking further affected family members, and the influence of associated adverse factors are discussed. The concept of a critical period In gestation, or “binge” susceptibility of the fetus and a spectrum of FAS presentations are described.
An increasing prevalence of FAS may be expected with current alcohol consumption trends In Australian females.
A possible plan of management of “at-risk” mothers is briefly outlined.