Autism – Early Signs in Babies

The World Health Organization or ( WHO ) and American Psychological Association or ( APA ) recognize autism as a developmental disability resulting from disorders of the central human nervous system. Though the most apparent signs of autism in children are visible at two or three years of age, parents should also be wary of symptoms of this disorder in their infants.
Though specific causes remain unproven, autism is usually judged to be caused by some of the following:

  • Genetic influences
  • Anatomical abnormality or variations (e.g. head circumference)
  • Abnormal blood vessel functions

According to the National Institute of Mental Health or ( NIMH ), some common early indicators for autism are when babies:

  • Don’t ever babble or smile.
  • Never respond to gestures.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Seem to be hearing impaired at times.
  • Do not respond to calling by name.
  • Don’t play with other children or toys.
  • Seem to be losing their scarcely developed language skills.

Autistic children fall off the charts when it comes to achieving basic developmental milestones. Generally, babies smile or react in some way when ‘ooh-ed’ and ‘aah-ed’ at. They tend to reach out to grab at pacifiers or crayons handed to them. Autistic children are unable to perform these simple actions.
Keeping in mind that autism usually isn’t diagnosed until about age 3, it is best for parents to trust their instincts about their children and get a full formal developmental evaluation done by a medical expert. The earlier children are diagnosed for this disability, the better are their chances for treatment and intervention.

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2 thoughts on “Autism – Early Signs in Babies

  • May 14, 2009 at 10:57 am
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    This artilce is complete and utter ridiculousness. There cannot be a genetic epidemic. Maybe a genetic predisposition in children, but then an environmental insult puts them over the edge into autism. Funny how you never mentioned vaccines or other environmental insults. What good is early intervention if the numbers just keep increasing. I think everryone should be hysterical with worry over this. It’ll cost a pretty penny to all taxpayers.

  • May 14, 2009 at 6:34 am
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    NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH

    The U.S. Congress concluded after their independent investigation into the autism epidemic that: “Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is likely related to the autism epidemic. This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding the lack of safety data regarding injected thimerosal and the sharp rise of infant exposure to this known neurotoxin. Our public health agencies’ failure to act is indicative of institutional malfeasance for self-protection and misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry.”

    I know this investigation was concluded in 2003, but you would think that six years later this would make headline news.

    Source: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getpage.cgi?position=all&page=E1030&dbname=2003_record

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