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My son is 10 mos & he puts everything in his mouth, he especially likes paper, of any kind. I read this is a sign of a child who is autistic. Worried!?

My son is 10 mos & he puts everything in his mouth, he especially likes paper, of any kind. I read this is a sign of a child who is autistic. Worried!?

Absolutely normal: At this age everything goes into the mouth...It is the child's way of exploring their surroundings; every 10 month old will act this way to some degree. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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How long does ecoli live on paper or plastic? Hard plastic, Not garbage bags. I may have to wash his comforter depending on the answer :(

How long does ecoli live on paper or plastic? Hard plastic, Not garbage bags. I may have to wash his comforter depending on the answer :(

Wash the comforter!: E-coli can live for many days on surfaces like plastic - even steel. It is just a bad decision to cut corners and end up quite ill. Don't be lazy - or hire someone to do it after telling them the situation and paying their price. Or throw away the comforter in as safe a manner as possible. Smile - it's not the hardest task in the world. And you can feel really proud of yourself afterward. ...Read more

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I touched a piece of plastic paper that had contained raw meat. I threw the plastic away and put fingers in mouth. What's my risk of toxo?

I touched a piece of plastic paper that had contained raw meat. I threw the plastic away and put fingers in mouth. What's my risk of toxo?

Food: Humans touch raw meat all the time. They wash the meat; they prepare the meal. One just washes their hands when this happens with soap and water. ...Read more

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Piece of plastic hit me in the eye, it feels like a paper cut.Eye burn and is run. Only hurt when open eyes wash with water & refresh for eyes

Piece of plastic hit me in the eye, it feels like a paper cut.Eye burn and is run. Only hurt when open eyes wash with water & refresh for eyes

It : It sounds like a corneal abrasion. It is a very painful condition but fortunately resolves quickly. Corneal abrasion expose your cornea to infection so you should be treated with an antibiotic as a prophylaxis. You should be seen by an ophthalmologist to make sure that there is no ruptured globe and to make sure that all foreign material is removed. ...Read more

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Labeled vitamins with pen on paper and put in plastic bag. Ink seems to have run. 25 weeks pregnant. Problem?

Labeled vitamins with pen on paper and put in plastic bag.  Ink seems to have run. 25 weeks pregnant. Problem?

Throw them away: The fetus is vulnerable to toxins. Markers are loaded with toluene and xylene, two chemicals that are cancer causing. Not worth the risk. ...Read more

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Do autistic children get easily excitable?

Do autistic children get easily excitable?

Most definitely : Spend a day with one. It has been estimated that the stress of raising an autistic child is equal to that of a tour of duty in iraq or afganistan. ...Read more

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What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

Evidence-based: Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best. A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are "sensory rooms" used to teach autistic children?

Can you tell me how are "sensory rooms" used to teach autistic children?

Sensory Rooms: "A sensory room is a place where children can use multi-sensory experiences to explore, to calm themselves, and to practice important social skills. There are many types of sensory rooms. Some multi-sensory rooms have bright lights, loud sounds, popping colors and fragrances. These rooms are designed to encourage language skills and emotions." ...Read more