At 9:09 a.m. today, on the 9th day of the 9th month of the year, we will mark National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders day; the time and date were carefully crafted to remind women to avoid any alcohol use during the nine months of pregnancy.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) include fetal alcohol syndrome and other conditions in which children have some, but not all of the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome, such as alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND) and alcohol-related birth defects (ARBD).
Children who have none of the visible or physical symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome may still be affected by in-utero exposure to alcohol, a lesser-known fact that needs to be understood.
As a Houston podiatrist who regularly helps children dealing with foot pain, I wanted to point out the fact that FASD can cause a wide range of skeletal deformities and abnormalities, including bent, webbed and/or missing fingers and toes.
The business of childhood is play, and it’s tough to do that when you’ve been affected by FASD. Give your baby the start he or she deserves and avoid alcohol for the entire duration of your pregnancy. And for all concerns about your child’s foot development, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive evaluation of his or her overall foot health.