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Ways in Which A Parent Can Determine If Their Infant Has Autism
There is an interesting fact about autism that most people do not understand and it is that males are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than ladies. Among the most popular conditions that affect humanity today, autism can be diagnosed as early as two years after a child is born. There is a great need for anyone taking care of children to have adequate knowledge about autism and its signs such that they know when they have to seek professional help on the same. Discussed below are some of the most popular signs of autism that every parent and caregiver should look out for during their parenting life.

Even though children are born with a distinctive feature of looking people into their eyes, autism tends to deprive kids of their interest in eye contact over time. Such kids tend to have more interest in staring at objects than gazing into the parents’ eyes which explains why according to the National Institutes of Health, most infants with autism look at their caregiver’s eyes only about as long as their non-autistic counterparts.

Lack of adequate smiling is another indicator of autism in children considering that infants always smile back every time one smiles at them. There is however no reasons for alarm if the kid takes longer to start smiling but then one should start getting concerned when the reflex smiles do not set in by 3 months. People that see such with their children at the age should go ahead and talk to their doctors as it may be an indicator of autism and should be handled early enough.

Most autistic children also tend to pay more attention to inanimate objects and interestingly do not understand their actual purpose, for instance, they stare too long at fans, switches, and tools and in fact have more interest in the parts of the object than the object itself. Some of the other things to look out for when observing for autism in kids include fascinations for lights and spinning objects as well as fixations on just parts of the toy and not the whole toy. Other signs to look out for include lack of verbal noises such as delays in babbling which should start by 4 to 6 months and when they eventually start, they do less of it. Since children should always respond to their name adequately all the time, it is said that those that do not do so by age 1 are most likely to end up autistic.