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How old can a child be to start wearing eye contact lenses?

How old can a child be to start wearing eye contact lenses?

When mature: Except in special cases when a contact lenses is needed for visual reasons in the very young, the basic rule for time to wear contacts is maturity. The child must be old enough to totally take care of the lense, insertion, removal, cleaning, keeping to schedule without the need for parental involvement. Typically this is about age 12 for girls and 14 for boys. ...Read more

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Eye Contact (Definition)

Babies love looking in their parents' eyes, and eye contact can help strengthen the parent-child bond. Just don't be too eager; respect babies wishes when they've had ...Read more


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Is "avoiding eye contact" a sure sign of autism? Or could it be a normal thing for 1.5 years child?

Is "avoiding eye contact" a sure sign of autism? Or could it be a normal thing for 1.5 years child?

Could be normal: As they say, there are no "pathognomic signs" -- nothing which definitively establishes that a person has this or that disorder. So it could be normal; it could be not normal but not autism; or it could conceivably be autism. However, it would be unwise to be concerned that avoiding eye contact alone, as an isolated feature, points to autism, when it may be, as you suggest, nothing. ...Read more

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My baby inhaled cannabis smoke when she was 5 months old and now she is 4 and can't say a word or make eye contact. Could it be the cannabis effect?

My baby inhaled cannabis smoke when she was 5 months old and now she is 4  and can't say a word or make eye contact. Could it be the cannabis effect?

No: She should be seen by a doctor to assess the reason for the developmental delays. A one time unfortunate exposure is not the likely cause. ...Read more

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Baby makes almost no eye contact?

Baby makes almost no eye contact?

How old?: No eye contact for first month or two not necessarily abnormal, as vision system still very immature. Speak to your pediatrician for reassurance. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my one month old baby to avoid eye contact sometimes?

Is it normal for my one month old baby to avoid eye contact sometimes?

Yes: Your 1 month old can see clearly a foot or so and will gaze into your eyes for a time before deflecting.It is as if they fill up with the vision and must look away for a period before they can look back. Their ability to hold a gaze will gradually increase over time. ...Read more

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10 mth baby boy seems very shy. He'll press his face into my chest to avoid making eye contact w/others he doesn't know or cry. What can I do to stop?

10 mth baby boy seems very shy. He'll press his face into my chest to avoid making eye contact w/others he doesn't know or cry. What can I do to stop?

Child Development: This is absolutely normal, on schedule, and as it should be for a ten month old child. He will grow out of this as his brain continues to develop and there will be a time when he becomes 'too' curious and you will worry the other way. There is nothing here to worry about at all. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal to not want to make eye contact with others?

Please advise if it's normal to not want to make eye contact with others?

Lack of eye contact: May be learned behavior or self esteem issue, have a talk with your doc, may suggest you talk with a psychologist. ...Read more

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I have trouble making eye contact with people and i am afraid people are judging me. Can anything be done? What r the options?

Great first step: Hi EMarsh, First of all, I'd like to say that I'm happy you were able to have the courage to take the first first step in overcoming your uneasiness. I think we all experience what you're describing to some degree and oftentimes it can be hard to reach out for help. It depends on the severity of your symptoms, but some people choose counseling as the first step. Even just talking about it can help ...Read more

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Do those who have aspergers have eye contact problems?

Do those who have aspergers have eye contact problems?

Socialization issues: Effective communication between humans involves eye contact. It's considered to be one more of many features of autistic spectrum disorder, the new way of describing what we use to diagnose as asperger's. But, remember that other disorders such as those under the amxiety disorders "umbrella" and even psychotic disorders with paranoid ideation can also cause people to have "avoidant" eye-gaze. ...Read more

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No eye contact from smart kid at 19, please tell me what you think?

No eye contact from smart kid at 19, please tell me what you think?

???????????????????: Your question does not provide enough information /background material to provide an answer.The public site is not a chat room, so every question should supply relevant background material and a clear question. ...Read more

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Why is it that i avoid people and no eye contact?

Why is it that i avoid people and no eye contact?

Avoidant personality disorder: It is important that you are asking the question. Time to see a psychiatrist and talk about it. Social anxiety to this degree is very unpleasant. There is help. Cognitive therapy and sometimes drug therapy can be a big help. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a patient refuses to make eye contact?

What does it mean when a patient refuses to make eye contact?

Could be many things: Making eye contact opens a person up and that makes some people uncomfortable. There are endless possibilities why so guessing is not a good idea. The best way to find out is to ask but ask in a way that is not accusatory. Since the word "refuses" is used i wonder if you are frustrated that the patient is not listening to you. Ask the patient if they know they are not making eye contact with you. ...Read more

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