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Question: 11 month old Autism red flags? or worried dad?


 kosta112 - Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:14 am

Our 11 month old was progressing on time with his milestones except we noticed a few things when he was younger. liked lights, ceiling fans, didn't cry when he got hurt unless it was really severe, and he liked to laugh, sometimes for no reason.
Doctor said these were normal things in babies.

He had good eye contact, very loving, good eater, just a happy baby all around.

Around 10 months or so he got a cold and was sick for a bit, runny nose, congestion, cough etc. He wasn't himself I started to notice.

He wouldn't look at us as much, wouldn't respond to his name as much,
started rocking back and forth, and started moving his head back and forth like he was saying no. still babbling but saying mama and baba less than he used to. He still wanted to be picked up and held but didn't give tight hugs like he used to.

We took him to the doc and he has an ear infection, been on antibiotics for 5 days.
He seems a little better and happier but still doing the same as above.

Is he just sick and also growing so he is more aware of things around him, more than us? or are there red flags that I am seeing?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:05 pm

User avatar Hello,
You are wise to be alert to such subtle changes in your child which may be completely within normal limits or which may be early indicators of problems. With rapidly increasing rates of autism spectrum disorder, it is good to be aware. Also, early intervention has been shown to have a positive outcome. You could discuss your concerns with your local early intervention program (the names may vary with states) usually connected with your health department. It could be associated with the department that works with special health care needs children.

It may take some more time before it is known whether or not he has been affected with this problem, but having an evaluation and experts to tell you what to watch for and how to help is very helpful.

Best wishes.

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