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Signs of autism in infants

An autistic child may not grow and develop normally like other children and that is what differentiates him o her.Signs of normal behavior are when a child does “ooh” and “aah” like most infants do, stops crying when soothed, smiles and laughs normally and observes objects away from the face's midline. If your child is behaving differently then you must contact your pediatrician.


If your child has a higher degree of muscle tone then it may  display the signs that you have detailed in your question. This is especially true if her muscles are stiffer than it should usually be. Though it may not directly indicate autistic tendencies you must talk to your pediatrician about it.


A child will need to be examined further for autism if he or she displays some of the symptoms as shown below:


·         If he has reached 16 months but uses only single words

·         If he has reached the age of 2 but uses only phrases containing not more than 2 words.

·         Does not smile after 6 months.

·         No use of gestures like pointing and no babbling.

·         Retarded development and also loss of social or language skills.

·         Avoiding eye contact and beyond a certain age also stop noticing people around them.

·         It is only at an age of 3 that autistic children are identified. However, signs of autism may be displayed as early as 6 months of age.


An abnormal growth of the brain may be a sign of autism as a study has showed. Even though their head measured less at the time they were born, it grew at a fast pace by the time they were 6 to 14 months in age. But then this may not be a sure fire way of gauging autism in a child.


It is a good idea to ask your pediatrician to conduct a thorough investigation of whether your child is developing normally or not and whether there are any symptoms of autism.


According to symptoms displayed by children who suffer from Sandifer Syndrome which is a form of a gastro esophageal reflux, a child may arch her back quite a few times. Hence arching the back may not be a case of autism. Autistic children may also be very fussy and spit a lot as well.


Evaluation procedure

You may hear people telling you not to worry and that you should just wait for sometime before arriving at any conclusion. This can be really frustrating because a parent's instinct is much better to trust. You have every right to get your child evaluated for autism if you think that your child is exhibiting abnormal signs. Another way to conduct an evaluation of your child is to use your early childhood program for development.

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