Fetal Alcohol Syndrome May Be As Common As Autism
Researchers are now estimating that fetal alcohol syndrome and other alcohol-related disorders among American children may be at least as common as autism. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday, conservatively estimating that 1.1 to 5 percent of all children are suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome. 1.5 percent of American children are currently diagnosed with autism. The new estimates for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are five times the amount of children as previous estimates held. These disorders are caused by neurological damage that happens when mothers drink alcohol while pregnant, and they lead to significant cognitive, behavioral and physical problems in a child’s development.
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