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By Mayo Clinic Staff

There's no cure or specific treatment for fetal alcohol syndrome. The physical defects and mental deficiencies typically persist for a lifetime.

However, early intervention services can help reduce some of the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome and prevent some of the secondary disabilities that result. Intervention services may involve:

  • A team that includes a special education teacher, a speech therapist, physical and occupational therapists, and a psychologist
  • Early intervention to help with walking, talking and social skills
  • Special services in school to help with learning and behavior issues
  • Counseling to benefit parents and the family in dealing with a child's behavior problems
  • Medications to help with some symptoms
  • Medical care for health problems, such as heart abnormalities
  • Treatment of the mother's alcoholism to enable better parenting and prevent future pregnancies from being affected

Treatment for problems with alcohol or other substances

If you know or suspect you have a problem with alcohol or other substances, ask a medical or mental health professional for advice. If you've given birth to a child with fetal alcohol syndrome, you may benefit from substance abuse counseling and treatment programs that can help you overcome your misuse of alcohol or other substances. Joining a support group or 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous may help.

June 02, 2014