What you need to know
The list of possible medical problems in FASDs can be extensive. However, each individual usually has only some of these problems. Also, the severity of any one of these medical problems varies widely between individuals. Therefore, it is important to ask the parents about the medical issues in their child.
No special diet is required for FASDs, although a well-balanced diet is important.
School age children with FASDs may have annual doctor and specialist visits to monitor medical conditions. Be aware of potential seizure activity, and heart, skeletal, vision, hearing, kidney, liver, and dental issues.
- Routine management of middle ear infections and monitoring of hearing should be undertaken
- Be aware, or ask parent, if the child has a medical alert bracelet
What you can do
- A yearly check up and studies as needed should occur in the child’s Medical Home.
- Be aware of any changes in behavior or mood that seem out of line with the situation and notify the parents.
- Be aware of any physical changes or medical issues that might arise.
- It is important to be aware of any academic changes. Contact parents when any differences are noticed.