What happens to unborn babies if their mother is an alcoholic?

The effects of alcohol can include:

  • Distinctive facial features. A child may have a small head, flat face, and narrow eye openings, for instance. This gets more obvious by age 2 or 3 years.
  • Growth problems. Children who were exposed to alcohol before they were born may be smaller than other children of the same age.
  • Learning and behavior problems.
  • Birth defects
  • Problems bonding or feeding as a newborn
Heavy alcohol use can also lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, or a baby being born too early

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