FASD and the Responsibility of Men- a Father’s Fight for Appropriate Diagnosis and Treatment

Currently in the media, the celebrity Charlie Sheen is advocating for having his biological twin sons evaluated for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Despite his concerns, according to the article on TMZ Brooke Mueller, the children’s mother, refuses to have the boys tested and denies any symptoms. Sheen’s point is: “The kids have real issues and an FAS test could help in the treatment.”

Like Sheen, we believe appropriate diagnosis can help in proper treatment.  Early diagnosis and treatment can help the children with FASD in similar ways that an early diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s or ADHD can improve those children’s lives.  Sheen’s situation also provides another unfortunate though high profile example that FASD does not discriminate – it occurs in all social classes!  No one is immune to the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure.  

Men are responsible for unprotected sex, alcohol abuse, and pregnancy as much as a woman.  They should stop drinking during pre-conceptional stages (and during pregnancy for moral support) and encourage their wives and partners to do the same.

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