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Does my 20th month girl twirling her fingers all the time indicate autism? My sil nurse thinks so and casually mentioned it!

Does my 20th month girl twirling her fingers all the time indicate autism? My sil nurse thinks so and casually mentioned it!

Need more info: Odd movements are one more "criteria". But socialization deficits are much more important in diagnosis: poor eye-contact, no seeking attention (stretch arms/cuddle), disregard of others, no interactive play, poor emotional reciprocity, poor imaginative play, speech atypicalities, "self-centeredness", poor capacity for empathy. Consult a behavioral pediatrician or child psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?

How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?

It's more of a red: Flag that she needs a neurological exam by her pediatrician. Depending on prenatal, perinatal & post-natal history, there may have been changes in development of the white matter of her brain on the side opposite the extremities she disregards or doesn't use as well. If deep tendon reflexes & muscle tone/strength are asymmetrical, an MRI & pediatric neurology consult are warranted. ...Read more

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Hi my 2 year old daughter eats hair and likes sucking anything metal I took her to the doctors and he mentioned pica and gave me information about it. On the information it mentioned autism I was wondering if I can have my daughter tested for this and wo

Hi my 2 year old daughter eats hair and likes sucking anything metal I took her to the doctors and he mentioned pica and gave me information about it. On the information it mentioned autism I was wondering if I can have my daughter tested for this and wo

Definitely: If your child is having unusual symptoms, take her to a center specializing in evaluations of young children. If funds are a problem, see if easter seals has a program near you. Some behavioral pediatricians are trained in evaluating children this age, as a psychologist. Your pediatrician should have referrals.

You definitely want an expert with toddlers. Good luck. ...Read more

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Trichotillomania! Is that twirling your hair?

Trichotillomania! Is that twirling your hair?

And then some....: Trichotillomania as an impulse control disorder. It involves repeated urges to pull or twist the hair until it breaks off. ...Read more

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Is this considered minor OCD to just twist and twirl hair?

Is this considered minor OCD to just twist and twirl hair?

Ocd?: It can be a number of things, such as a mannerism, a habit, an expression of anxiety or stress or compulsive behavior. One thing to consider is whether this hair twirling is causing you any discomfort or whether it negatively affects your life or functioning. ...Read more

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How can I stop scratching my scalp and twirling hair, its like a habit.?

How can I stop scratching my scalp and twirling hair, its like a habit.?

Does it itch?: If your scalp itches, you may have seborrheic dermatitis (a dermatologist can tell you if you do, and give you treatment for it). Twirling hair is a habit, as you said -- not the worst habit in the world, but if bothers you, try cutting your hair short enough that you can't twirl it. ...Read more

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I can't stop twirling / twisting my hair. My wife does not like this and is very annoyed. I feel like I can't control it tho. What can this be?

I can't stop twirling / twisting my hair. My wife does not like this and is very annoyed. I feel like I can't control it tho. What can this be?

Hair twisting: Hair twisting and pulling are body focused repetitive disorders. Http://tinyurl. Com/nyghsla they may be associated with anxiety, boredom, and sometimes ocd -- but are treatable with behavioral therapies such as habit reversal and stimulus control. You'll need a therapist trained in these approaches -- many are listed at http://www. Trich. Org/ good luck! ...Read more

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I twirl my hair all the time when I'm bored. Will I eventually get bald?

I twirl my hair all the time when I'm bored. Will I eventually get bald?

Unlikely: If you twirl with no pressure on the hair root, then this is a harmless activity. Prolonged tension on the root of the hair has been known to inhibit hair growth in some people and repeated hair pulling can also do this. So twirl away but don't pull on the hair at its attachment. ...Read more

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I have had some ear pains. I twirl my hair and put it in my ear. Could I have a brain parasite? I also pick my head til it bleeds. Can I catch a bug?

I have had some ear pains. I twirl my hair and put it in my ear. Could I have a brain parasite? I also pick my head til it bleeds. Can I catch a bug?

Worry & Rituals: The worry and rituals you mention suggest more of a behavioral issue such as POSSIBLE Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions and then a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist who specializes in OCD to see if that is the case. Peace and good health. Lots of reasons to be hopeful. ...Read more

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My daughter is 1 and has started to throw herself back when angry I'm worried she might hurt her head I have a son with autism could she have autism?

Not uncommon/maybe: "Counter dependency" is that stage when your kid has started getting around on their own and want you nearby, but doesn't want you interfering in what they are doing. This behavior is not unusual, is seldom done without witnesses, and mostly when they are mad at you. It increases if it grabs your attention, and fades if ignored. This is not specific or predictive of autism. Any kid could be. ...Read more

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My 4.5 month old has started to move his head side to side like saying "no" very often. Someone told me is a sign of autism. Is this true?

Not really: Is your child doing this as a reaction to your face? Is your child doing this when you are not looking at him? This sounds like an interaction between you and your child so I do not think this is concerning. Is your child doing any other concerning behaviors? Is he fussy and irritable a lot? No eye contact or does not seem to be interested in people including you the parents? ...Read more

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Could a 4 mth old who doesn't hold his head up and his large head be concerns for autism?

Could a 4 mth old who doesn't hold his head up and his large head be concerns for autism?

A 4 months: Old should be holding his head without head lagging unless ex-premie, then need to correct age. You would be more concerned about hydrocephalus and other developmental delays rather than autism. Need to see your pediatrician for complete exam and referral to specialist if indicated. ...Read more

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Can children with autism have a bigger shaped head?

No: Unless there is an underlying case of macrocephaly from hydrocephalus the "standard" autistic child has a smiler size head to anyone else. ...Read more

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Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

See below: This is a behavioral disorder. It is possible that an autistic child shows some of this symptoms, but they are not exclusive to autism. Please talk to child psychiatrist or psychologist to investigate further. ...Read more

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Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

Not likely: While there are case reports of major personality changes occuring with some children after severe head injuries, this would be considered a rare occurance. And then probably not technically autism, since you usually will have to show signs of autism as a child to fulfil the true criteria of autism. ...Read more

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13 month old daughter has started banging head on floor when frustrated. Should I be worried about autism? She plays peek a boo & gives kisses/interac

13 month old daughter has started banging head on floor when frustrated. Should I be worried about autism? She plays peek a boo & gives kisses/interac

I wouldn't: Head banging is one of the many amplifications of crying used to get your attention. It works well with some and self perpetuates. If you monitor the fit with peripheral vision and wait until it stops before looking directly at or interacting with the kid, it will often stop. This is common in preverbal toddlers. Reward the kid with more attention after they stop a fit than during to end this. ...Read more

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10yo, nonverbal, autism. Child has hives, begun on legs/head, flare intermitt. What poss cause? Nonewsoap

10yo, nonverbal, autism. Child has hives, begun on legs/head, flare intermitt. What poss cause? Nonewsoap

Food, drug or virus: Acute hives are hives lasting less than 6 weeks. Major causes are food allergies, drug allergies & reactions, & viral infections. Streptococcal tonsillitis causes about 10% of acute hives. Dr. Pizzo covered foods. Common medications causing hives: antibiotics & anti-inflammatory agents like Aspirin & ibuprofen. If no fever present try a daily antihistamine. Fexofenadine has no behavioral effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more