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Is It True That A Child That Does Not Point Must Be Autistic
No, not true: A child who is growing fine, developing skills on time, interacting with other people, emotionally nice to be with, and smiles happily is likely normal. Such a child may point or not point, but it shouldn't matter, as the rest of his life looks normal. However, if a child has several odd traits or behaviors, and one of those behaviors is "not pointing", then he might (not must) be autistic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I learned that certain vaccines can lead to giving your child autism while in the stomach. Is that true?
Fraudulent research: Dr wakefield was a british GI doc that took 8 kids sent to him by lawyers, did various tests & drew blood from normal kids. In 1998 his paper proposed a link to the MMR & enlarged GI lymph glands & autism.He stood to make millions on tests he patented.A trial in the us showed his research was made up & had no link of vaccines to autism. He lost his license & left britain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Suspected: As a proponent of early diagnosis and treatment, i monitor at-risk infants for age-appropriate social communication and reciprocal social interaction. Stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest are infrequent, precluding formal diagnosis, but not early intervention. Uw now has a study on preventing the emergence of autistic behaviors in infants whose siblings have autism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 6 weeks pregnant. My husband has been told that u/s are bad for baby and can cause autism. Is this true? I really want a us to make sure all is ok
Is it true that if i eat a lot of gluten during my pregnancy that its a big possibility that my baby can be born wit autism or celiac disease?
Baby boy is a 1month+5days old and he won't look anyone in their eyes. Is it true that is a sign of Autism or Developmental delays ?
Concerning: Visual development in infants is stimulated by contrast, so young infants will often look at the edge of your face or head rather than the eyes, but some brief eye contact, particularly when nursing, is expected. Pediatric ophthalmologists can evaluate your baby for vision loss, otherwise careful monitoring by your pediatrician can help early diagnosis of autism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No iron clad answer: but there is enough from studies to believe that it derives from a problem in the genes. The severity may depend on the variability of the genes being expressed and to a degree other environmental factors. Knowledge of autism is incomplete at this time so be selective about the quality of information you get. It is best to discuss any questions with your PCP who has access to evidence based info. ...Read more
Autism: The autistic spectrum has many different presentations. Talk to your pediatrician, medications can help, in some cases, especially for the anxiety and meltdowns. There are also classes on how to work with these children. The school system will help, also. Special Ed teachers are specially trained. Try to keep to a schedule, change is very difficult. Get yourself some support, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies - Support Key: Severly autistic children can introduce high levels of stress into a home. It is extremely important that parents or other responsible adults seek out avenues of support and help in the community. Stress tends to increase in situations of isolation, so get whatever support you can to help in the situation. ...Read more
Exposing or allowing: any child access to illicit drugs, like passive smoking of marijuana, crack cocaine, crystal meth, etc., is Child Abuse. Kids' tox screens can be + for inhalants. Laws require doctors, therapists, school nurses, teachers, etc., to report suspicion of abuse to Child Protective Services. Most kids with ASD tolerate tiny doses of psychotropic meds, but some develop mania, psychosis, stupor, etc. ...Read more
Toddlers who have : language & whose parents learn & implement autism interventions at least 25 hours/week have improved outcomes. See www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/parent-training-program-shows-clear-gains-toddlers-autism. Parents who reinforce behavioral techniques their kids of any age learn in therapy promote better outcomes. Social skills therapy from developmental age 6 & > also helps greatly. ...Read more
Pre-school aged: Children with autistic spectrum disorder who have have good pattern recognition & rote memory for learning shapes, colors, numbers & letters & talk about their narrow, repetitive areas of interest like " little professors" may go undiagnosed until social demands unmask non-compliance for following directions for non-preferred activities & lack of interactive, reciprocal pretend play with peers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Decrease risks: Maybe the question should be how can we minimize our chances. We can not ignore environmental factors and the ammount of chemicals in our life. How is your diet? Do you find yourselves eating fast food frequently? How much toxins are you exposed to? It is probablyi mportant to "detoxiify" our bodies prior to conception, some studies strongly suggest this link, and to some medication types. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No clear answer: We still do not know the myriad causes of autism, so beware anyone who tells you how to ensure you don't have a child with autism. Most of the known factors that increase your risk--genetics, in utero viral exposure, complicated delivery--are outside your control. Best advice: get good prenatal care and recognized your odds still excellent that your child will not have autism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer