How is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) treated?

The effects of FAS last a lifetime. However, early treatment can improve a child’s development. Treatment options include:

  • Medications to treat some symptoms.
  • Behavior and education therapy.
  • Parental training.

There are also certain “protective factors” that help reduce the negative impact of FAS on a child:

  • Diagnosis before the age of 6.
  • A loving, supportive, stable home environment during the school years.
  • Absence of violence in the child’s life.
  • Use of special education and social services.

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