Wednesday, April 10, 2013

FAS Diagnosis in Ukrainian Adoptive Children Should be Left To Professionals

FAS is a major cause of concern, but when you read the list of
"symptoms or indicators" you can easily diagnose every child and
adult with FAS. I love this disclaimer. It is so true!

Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome should be left to professionals
because there are many other factors that can contribute to the
look of a child that have nothing to do with a child having FAS.

For example, children who are adopted out of environments such as
orphanages where there is severe neglect and/or malnutrition may
be very small and have measurements that fall below the 10th
percentile. A child's heritage may cause distinct facial
features such as a flat midface or small and slanted eyes. There
are other syndromes that cause a child to have similar features
to FAS but they are not related to FAS in any way. Children
often lose their philtrim and their upper lip gets very thin when
they smile. How many children do we all know that have big
"cheesy" smiles? They may not have FAS, they may just be

If you are concerned that your child or potential adoptive child
may have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, you should consult with a
specialist. There are many resources available to help you to
locate a professional in your area. This is not a diagnosis that
should be taken lightly or done in haste. This is definitely not
a diagnosis that should be made by a layperson.

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