What are the symptoms for Autism in infants?

Divya's Dietu - Health Bites Dec 11, 2019

What are the symptoms for Autism in infants?

Autism is one of the most widespread disorders today. Factors like genetic mutation, prenatal viral infections are considered as the most convincing causes for Autism. The occurrence of the disorder cannot be prevented but it can be treated when diagnosed earlier.

The vital thing is to observe the growth of the baby in each stage. The observations can be accurate when the baby is 1 year or older.

Below are some of the characteristics that are responsible for Autism. If the child is showing a number of these traits over the 6 months period, it is advisable to see a doctor for an early assessment.

Baby might have Autism when diagnosed with below signs:

  • No Social/Reflex smile: Infants normally starts to smile when they are 3 months of age and develops reflexive smile from 6 months to 1 year. However, some kids have struggle in smiling back when we smile at them.
  • Not responding to their name: At the latest, most of the infants starts to respond to their name by 9 months.
  • Lack of eye contact: Most babies are born with a natural interest towards human faces especially their parents while some kids have trouble facing people.
  • Poor visual tracking: Some kids have a poor ability to efficiently move their eyes from left to right or any directions. For ex. It is difficult for them to focus on a bright colored object when it is moving in any direction.
  • No Social anticipation: Typically, children lift their arms in the anticipation of being picked up. They can predict in traditional games like peek-a-boo by laughing or crying. The child having trouble in the above areas after 1 year of age needs help.
  • Lack of verbal skills: Some kids lack in babbling verbal noises, slow or not interested to verbalize or suddenly stop verbalizing.
  • Fixing their mind on a particular object: Some kids have a habit of fixations on objects like particular toy, pillow or anything.

Every child is different, and they reach their milestones at a different period of time. It is wrong to compare a child's growth with another and it is not acceptable when there is no close attention towards a child's growth.