Fetal alcohol syndrome: Diagnosis, epidemiology, and developmental outcomes
Article first published online: 22 JAN 2004
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 40, Issue 1-2, pages 2–7, January 2004
How to Cite
O'Leary, C. (2004), Fetal alcohol syndrome: Diagnosis, epidemiology, and developmental outcomes. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 40: 2–7. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2004.00280.x
- Issue published online: 22 JAN 2004
- Article first published online: 22 JAN 2004
- Accepted for publication 29 July 2003.
- child development;
- fetal alcohol effects (FAE);
- fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS);
- partial FAS;
Abstract: In Australia the issue of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) has not been the subject of policy development or of extensive research. There is a lack of knowledge, both in the general community and by health professionals, of the nature of the risks associated with heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy and the factors that increase this risk. This paper reviews the literature surrounding FAS with the aim of providing the reader an understanding of the diagnostic features and epidemiology of FAS and of the developmental sequelae associated with this syndrome.