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April 2012 • #28
A Note from the Medical Editor
Knowing the dangers of alcohol is important throughout all stages of your child’s life – even before birth. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are 100% preventable if women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant avoid drinking alcohol.
It’s especially important to talk to your older children and teens about the dangers of underage drinking. And, as prom and graduation seasons approach, this is a great time to do just that. Learn more in the featured articles below.

~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,
Featured Articles
Where We Stand: Alcohol During Pregnancy
Women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, should abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages. Learn more here. Go >
Alcohol: The Most Popular Choice
A single episode of reckless drinking can end in tragedy. Be sure your teen knows about the dangers of alcohol. Go >
A Parent’s Guide to Teen Parties
Here is important information parents need to know about teen parties, including alcohol and drug facts and potential legal implications. Go >
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Featured Tip
Alcohol passes through your milk to your baby, so it’s best to avoid habitual use while breastfeeding. Learn more.
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Check out Lifetime Television’s morning show The Balancing Act on May 1st to see Dr. Ari Brown provide practical advice and information about vaccines for infants and children. Watch a clip here:
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