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How Can I Know If My Child Is Autistic
In infancy?: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more
Cranky, drooling: I have found that children often get irritable about two weeks before the teeth actually break thorough the skin. I believe this is the most bothersome time, rather than the teeth actually cutting through the skin. Drooling, and increased irritability are signs. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Dry lips, less urine: Dehydration is common in babies, most often the result of a stomach virus. Signs of dehydration include dry lips, sunken fontanel in infants, decreased urine output and decreased activity level. You will notice that your baby is dehydrated if the diapers are less wet, or if you're changing less wet diapers than usual, for example, if more than 10 hours go by without any urine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Checkups: Sometimes, esp. As a new parent, one might not know what is normal or what is not. That is the job of your pediatrician to determine that. Which is why well checkups are very important because developmental questions should be asked by doctor at that visit or any concerns from parents should be made aware. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Swollen red gums: Teething: the specific act of the primary teeth of infants breaking through the gums. While grandmother refers to the drooling infant that chews on everything in sight for weeks as teething, actually medically diagnosed teething lasts only a short while. The gums are swollen, red, perhaps bleeding. There may be a low grade fever. The advancing edge of the newly erupting tooth often can be felt. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can I do if my husband brother is autistic. How big is the chance for us to have a child with autism?
See your pediatric.: See your pediatrician for eval of your child. He or she will advise you from there. Read the following article: www.Autismspeaks.Org/what-autism/diagnosis autism speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to ... Symptoms·dsm-5·learn the signs·treatment·diagnosis·social networks | about us. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help child learn: "spoiling" is a term understood but hard to quantify. I like to think of it as a child demanding attention/things/activities which only benefit the child and which are beyond the developmental norms for a particular age. As parents, we need to teach our children respect for others, their time and resources. Teaching new behaviors takes time but is worth it, your doctor can suggest techniques. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can I tell if my child is too young to understand me or if he is just ignoring my directions?
Test with fun stuff: When toddlers have enough word understanding they are likely to respond in general. Try to avoid mixed messages. Parents use nurture speak "do this, ok" and parent speak "do this". If you slip up and use nurture speak you are asking a self invested todler for permission to parent.(ie is it ok with you if you pick up your toys) nurture speak is fine when asking them to try a new food. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Developmental: Your pediatrician should be able to tell if there are significant delays. However, there are a number of assessment tool, one of the more common is ages and stages that are specific for ages and help not only assess fine, gross motor, but communication (verbal, non-verbal), socialization, etc. You could ask your doctor to use this to see where your child is compared to his or her peers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ask your MD: Developmental charts are available from the aap and are used in most pediatrician offices. Children develop at different rates and in different areas. Gross motor, fine motor, verbal, and social development can each be assessed separately. Problems can be focused on specific areas of development and followed closely. Serious delays may need more coordinated therapy programs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Crying unconsolably: A common definition of colic is an infant who cries for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days of the week, for more than 3 weeks. Although no one knows for sure what causes it, colic is fairly common, starting a few weeks after birth. Luckily, this condition goes away by about the third month of life. The main thing is to make sure your baby's crying is not caused by a serious condition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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