Detecting Autism In Babies

Autism has become increasingly prevalent though the cause behind a child having autism is still unknown. It has been commonly believed that you can detect autism in children between 18 to 24 months but now autism experts believe you can detect autism as early as 6 months of age.
The advantage of detecting autism early is that you can begin treatment quickly and reap benefits earlier. Autism is actually a communication disorder wherein children enjoy being alone and by themselves and detest company. Such children find it difficult to speak and communicate, are not sensitive to sounds and seem as if they were in a different world.

As a parent it is very important to be able to detect possible disorders in the child, the earlier the better. It is not good to just wait and watch, if you find some of these signs in your baby it is good to get alerted and check with your pediatrician.

Treating the child early will definitely make a huge difference in the child’s quality of life in future. The first thing to notice is eye contact. Even as a baby, if the gaze is blank or unusual and you find that the baby is not looking into your eyes it is a red alert. You will find that the baby is not interested in people, with the environment; he prefers to be to himself.

If your baby is autistic you will find he does not respond to sounds or audible changes in the environment. Sometimes autistic babies are suspected of being deaf. You will find that autistic babies are disinterested in toys that other infants enjoy.

They like certain things and are generally obsessed with it. Things like paper, audio cassettes may fascinate them and keep them busy endlessly. They find it difficult interacting with their parents or other siblings and throw tantrums more frequently than a normal baby. In case the head circumference is larger than normal infants or unusual facial, expressions and gestures are noticed it could be a sign of autism.

If you watch your infant carefully it will be quite easy to find out if the child is autistic but do not panic unnecessarily because baby behavior can be strange at times.

Esther Gideon


The author is a postgraduate in business management and is a mother of a four year old and an eight month old.