Identifying autism in extremely young babies is almost impossible, but there are some signs you can be on the lookout for.
Finding out whether your child lies somewhere on the autism spectrum can be extremely tricky. Most children with autism aren't diagnosed until around the age of four and in many cases, even older. Picking up on signs of autism in very young children is hard, but there are traits you can be on the lookout for.
Last week, we covered some of the things to keep an eye out for with children aged between 12 and 24 months courtesy of babycenter. Things like little-to-no interest in objects and not being able to form words and phrases by the time they hit two. As you can imagine, seeking out autistic flags earlier than that is even harder, but it can be done. The earlier a diagnosis can be made, the better the potential outcome for your child.
Children younger than 12 months should start to show an interest in people's faces. The obvious reason for that is they are beginning to recognize who mom, dad, and other people in their life are. Babies on the autism spectrum might not show much interest in faces. At times, it may even seem as if they are looking right through you and could even avoid making eye contact.
Sounds may also be an indicator. You would expect a baby to react to loud noises and try to work out where they came from. A sign that your little one might have autism could be that they don't do that, but they do react to sound in general. A lack of baby talk could also be a sign, as well as them not wanting to cuddle or be touched, something most babies live for.
As we mentioned above, figuring out whether a child falls somewhere on the autism spectrum so early on in life is very, very hard. Just because your infant is acting in some of the ways mentioned above does not mean they are autistic. These are just things to look out for. If you are truly worried and you feel as if further action is needed, your best bet is always to check in with a medical professional.