Autism is a developmental disorder in social interaction, communication, and behavior. The exact cause of autism is still unknown. Early signs or symptoms of autism in infants are often overlooked unnoticed by parents.
Signs and symptoms usually appear in the first three years of age.
Early detection of signs and symptoms of autism are useful as a positive first step to finding the right solution for the child.
Early Signs of Autism in Infants
The average age of detection of signs of autism in children was at the age of 2 ½ to 4 years.
However, the early signs and symptoms of autism in infants can be observed early on that at the age of 6 to 18 months.
Signs and symptoms of autism in infants are quite difficult to recognize and usually more often detected when the age of the child is older. Signs and symptoms of autism is an early warning that needs to be monitored and addressed immediately with the help of a clinical evaluation.
To monitor the speed of development of the baby to the normal stages of development is one good first step.
Some indication of such a normal baby is smiling, relaxed when picked up, making eye contact, making suggestive movements to help, mumbling or babbling himself, laughing, and others. But do not worry, if there is some indication at the top that is not found in the baby, it does not mean your baby has autism.
Here are some signs and symptoms of autism seen in infants.
Lack or absence of expression of the infant to parent, caregiver, or a close relative, are early signs of autism in infants.
The first 6 months of age
Some signs are not smiling baby during the first six months of age.
The first 12 months of age
Infants do not use gestures / gestures, babbling or pointing towards people or objects are known, and never pull out or use a single word during the first 12 months of age.
First 2 years
Babies never uttered two phrases in the first 2 years.
Together with the lack of facial expression, can also appear obsessive behavior towards certain things, a sudden change in eye contact and facial expressions.
Repetitiveness of Behavior
General physical characteristics of infants with autism are behavioral repetition.
Children with autism usually use several patterns, colors, and do relatively the same. This is the reason why they develop an attachment to certain things and wants it a certain way. If desire is rejected, they become restless and very fussy.
Some signs of physical behavior such repetition is shaking the body for hours, flapping arms, and others.
Observation is attached to the physical characteristics proved very helpful for diagnosis.
Babies with autism may experience a certain imbalance in their senses.
For example, some babies can be soothed when the cheek or stroked or patted their heads slowly continuously, while some other baby does not like to be touched at all.
Some babies are very sensitive to sound and feel disturbed by it. There is also a baby feel very disturbed and become cranky when they see the color pattern or a particular smell.
This sensitivity levels vary according to the severity of autism in each baby.
Setbacks of Capabilities
When a child is diagnosed with mild autism or severe autism, sometimes their parents claim that their children do not show signs of autism in infancy. Maybe it was no early symptoms of autism in infants that arise unnoticed by parents.
Symptoms of autism dangerous including the loss of the ability to articulate and understand the meaning of certain words and ‘withdraw’ entirely from all social interaction. Often children will stop talking and start living in their own world.