Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Statement by Lynne McNiven, Interim Joint Director of Public Health

NHS Ayrshire & Arran fully supports and emphasises the message of ‘No alcohol, no risk’. We advise any woman who is pregnant or trying to become pregnant to avoid drinking alcohol. This will prevent any risk of their baby developing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

We are developing a new FASD pathway. Children are identified when there have been developmental or behavioural concerns noticed and there is a documented history of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Our multidisciplinary team completes detailed physical and psychological assessments to ensure appropriate, supportive strategies are put in place for the child, their family and school. This additional support helps to ensure children affected by alcohol in the womb achieve their full potential.

In addition, regular support groups are run by the team for children, parents, carers and grandparents. These provide extra information, as well as the opportunity to share experiences.