Characteristic Facial Features From Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Children who were Reference exposed to alcohol Opens New Window during fetal development often have distinctive facial features that may include:
- A small head and flat face.
- Narrow eye openings (slits).
- A short, upturned nose.
- A flattened groove between the nose and the upper lip (philtrum).
- A thin upper lip.
Unless the effects of alcohol exposure are severe, these traits often aren't noticed until the child is about 2 or 3 years of age. Gradually, many of these features become less noticeable starting in the teen years. But a larger-than-average nose may become noticeable by adulthood.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 3, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Ernest L. Abel, PhD - Reproductive Toxicology