Doctor Calls for Awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Griffin, Jake, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Jake Griffin Daily Herald Staff Writer
Birth disorders stemming from alcohol abuse by mothers is a problem that's not going away.
Dr. Jeffrey Loughead, a pediatrician at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, told a gathering of medical and social workers Tuesday night in Warrenville that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome needs to be combated more heavily.
"It's the most common cause for birth defects and it's the leading cause of mental retardation in the Western Hemisphere," Loughead said. "It's a problem we in the medical field miss in many ways. It's hard to pick up early with the babies."
The symptoms manifest themselves later in life, largely in educational and behavioral matters, he said.
The meeting was organized by the Court Appointed Special Activists (CASA) of DuPage.
General physical characteristics are present in babies and children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, but they are fairly ambiguous and are sometimes similar to other non-alcohol related disorders, Loughead said. …