Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 101

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The purpose for this blog is to encourage and help families and caretakers who have someone in their lives effected by FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectum Disorder) and to help educate the population about the damages that alcohol can have on an unborn baby.  What I will share here are things that have helped my family.  If you find something that has worked for you, please tell me about it, I am always eager to learn. ~ Nora Hofmans

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Adoption of the Russian Boys (the beginning)

Posted by fasd101 on May 18, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Pumpkin Waffles or Pancakes

Posted by fasd101 on September 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Mix together wet ingredients:

2 eggs

1 1/2 Buttermilk (no buttermilk? mix  milk with 1 1/2 Tbs. vinegar)

4 Tbs oil

3/4 C pumpkin puree

In a separate bowl whisk together dry ingredients:

2 C Flour

4 Tbs sugar

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. If batter is to thick, then slowly add in more milk until desired                            consistency is reached.

Cook on waffle griddle until golden brown or make                pancakes on a griddle.

Drinking Damages Fetus' White Matter

Posted by fasd101 on September 12, 2013 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Moms-to-Be Who Drink May Damage Fetus' White Matter
Study says brain microstructural changes may lead to cognitive problems
Posted December 19, 2008

FRIDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can damage white matter in a fetus' frontal and occipital lobes, which play a major role in executive function and visual processing. The finding may help explain problems seen in infants whose mothers drink during pregnancy, a new study says.

"The brain's white matter is made up of nerve bundles that transfer information between brain regions," study corresponding author Susanna L. Fryer, a researcher at San Diego State University's Center for Behavioral Teratology, said in a news release.

"Optimal white-matter integrity is thought to support efficient cognition. So, the finding that prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with altered white-matter integrity may help explain aspects of the cognitive and behavioral problems that individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) commonly face," she said.

In this study, Fryer and her colleagues used a type of MRI called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to assess white-matter microstructure in the brains of 27 young people, ages 8 to 18. Of those participants, 15 were born to mothers who drank heavily during pregnancy.

"The brains of individuals with FASDs showed evidence of altered nerve fiber integrity at a microstructural level, even though total brain size was statistically equivalent between alcohol-exposed and comparison participants," Fryer said.

"Also, within the alcohol-exposed group, we generally found that white-matter microstructure did not differ based on whether youth met criteria for a diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). In other words, similar brain alterations and behavioral problems can occur because of prenatal alcohol exposure, with or without the facial features and physical growth insufficiency required to diagnose FAS."

The study was published online Dec. 19 and in the March print issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.