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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

Can a father’s use of alcohol lead to FASDs?

Answer

​No, a father’s use of alcohol cannot lead to a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASDs can only happen when a pregnant woman consumes alcohol. However, it is important for the father of the baby or the supportive partner to encourage the pregnant woman to abstain from alcohol throughout the pregnancy.

For more information, see Where We Stand: Alcohol During Pregnancy.

Source: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Toolkit (Copyright © American Academy of Pediatrics 2012)