Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness, Prevention

If these healthy babies could talk, they would say, “Expecting? Remember, not a single drop!”

If this healthy baby could talk, he would say, “Expecting? Remember, not a single drop!”

DODD works closely with agency partners in the Office of Health Transformation (OHT) in support of Ohio’s FASD initiatives to promote a clear message of prevention, enhance early detection and referral for services, and increase effective and evidenced-based intervention strategies.  The Department joins OHT partners in observing September 9 as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. This day was chosen to mark the ninth day of the ninth month of each year to remind people, worldwide, that wom­en should abstain from alcohol during the nine months of pregnancy.

In July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its part­ners released a toolkit to help communities raise awareness about FASD. Pre-natal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of life-long birth defects and developmental disabilities, including cognitive impairments. The kit includes informa­tion about how to access additional materials on the subject, and more detailed information about the incidence of FASD, and how alcohol use during pregnancy affects infants.

FASD is 100 percent preventable!

In the U.S. alone, FASD affects more than 40,000 infants each year. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a general umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. Early diagnosis and treatment for FASD can help affected children reach their fullest potential, lessen secondary issues, and help family members to better understand the issues.

FASD Prevention and Awareness Month raises awareness that no amount of alcohol is safe to consume during pregnancy, and that help is available for those families already affected.

For more information and up-to-date FASD news and resources: www.NotASingleDrop.org

Learn more at the FAS Community Resource Center website, and at www.fasday.com