J.L. asks from Sauquoit, NY on July 21, 2010
Autism!!!!!!!!!!!! - Dallas,TX
My 12 month old baby has a habbit of bitting her own feet and also holds her stomach puts her head down and try to bite herself on the belly, but of course she can not reach, and was biting her wrist yesterday. She does some flapping, but not to the point where i would be totally concered. She wave hi with one hand and sometimes both, she shakes her head from side to side, she even flaps her hands when she is crying or excited, but not always sometimes she will clap during those moments.... Overall she is a well healthy baby despite her weight and height, but the doctor said she is healthy just very petite..WEIGHING14 POUNDS!!!! Now have a concern of seizures, which i have mentioned in some of my earlier post. HELP!! ANYONE KNOWS OR HAS A BABY WITH AUTISM???? VERY NERVOUS ABOUT BRINGING THIS TO THE DOCTORS ATT... MAY SOUND SILLY, BUT I DNT WANT HER TO THINK IM OVER EXAGERATING....
K.R. answers from Dallas on July 22, 2010
You have gotten some good advice but one thing I would add is to look into food sensitivity testing. Many autistic kids have a lot of GI problems and they often get at least somewhat better when those issues are taken care of. Holding and biting her stomach as well as her low weight make me think that she may not be digesting food correctly. I also second being really careful with vaccines if you have any developmental concerns.
P.W. answers from Dallas on July 21, 2010
I see you are in Dallas. My son had a seizure disorder the pediatrician did not originally catch (altho a great doctor). I went to see a neurologist where my son was diagnosed. I asked him why the pediatrician didn't catch it when I explained the symptoms. He said, "You were just speaking to the wrong doctor." He wasn't putting down the other doctor, but sometimes you need to have a specialist. I would recommend a trip to the neurologist, especially if you have insurance. If it is nothing you can then relax. If it is something then you can take care of your baby properly.
If you would like the name of the neurologist (he is awesome) then email me.
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M.R. answers from Columbus on July 21, 2010
I don't know that this is typical behavior, but it is not what I noticed first with my autistic kids, so while I would mention to your pediatrician that she is doing these things, I would not try to draw any conclusions myself about them. I think that doing the diagnosis may be the thing that causes your doctor to think that you are over exagerating things. Tell them what she is doing, and leave the conclusions out of it.
Does your doctor suspect seizures or is this a conclusion that you have made? Once you ask about a rare condition (both autsim and seizures are) you raise the bar with the doctor, and they may judge what you say in a "hyper parent" light and not take you seriously. Just tell the doctor what you see in a calm, direct, and specfic way and if you think a symtom is troublesome, then insist that the doctor take you seriously, or seek a second opinon. Be careful rolling everything into a ball, the more issues you try to put together into one overall problem, the more likely it is that the doctor will tune you out as a nut.
1. She has low weight
2. What ever you see (make sure it is relevant!) that makes you think seizure
3. you see some biting (make sure it is not teething!)
4. you see some hand flapping and head shaking
Let the doctor help you sort out what the important questions are about these things when you ask at the office. Make a list of items, and stick to it so that you are taken seriously.
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C.A. answers from San Francisco on July 21, 2010
I've been through the testing to see if my son was on the Autism spectrum and I have done a lot of reading about it. I believe it is too early to tell but it would be important to share your concerns with your pediatrician. They can point you in the right direction so your child can be tested. Early therapy is extremely important. The state provides free speech and occupational therapy up to three (in CA they are called regional centers) and then the school district should take over.
With that said, this could be something else entirely. Was she premature at birth? Premature babies develop at a different rate than full term babies. Is she reaching other milestones? Is she saying some words, crawling, walking, pointing to objects, etc.... If she is late on her milestones again, you should seek therapy for her. If she is significantly late in one or two areas, you should qualify for the free services through the state. It does not matter what income you make.
On a whole other point, you should feel very comfortable telling your pediatrician any of your concerns. I just had to change my pediatrician because I was frusterated that he was taking my comments out of context and never addressing the issues I felt needed to be address. Please find an individual you feel comfortable with. They are a 'partner' in the raising of your child.
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C.H. answers from Dallas on July 23, 2010
Your child has a medical problem and you need to discuss it with your pediatrician. Next, I would laly off vaccinations until I am confident that your child isn't allergic to anything in them. You must be completely truthful with your doctor in order for him/her to help. Get a second opinion if your doctor just shrugs it off.
B.B. answers from New York on July 21, 2010
Oh trust me, the dr is used to parents calling about the stupidest things. And this, IMO, is a valid concern that you should talk to your dr about. That said, I think those behaviors are pretty typical of babies/toddlers. My son at one point in time exhibited all of the behaviors you mentioned and he is perfectly healthy and does not have autism (he was just screened when he was evaluated by the SLP - I guess it was a requirement of the assessment).
Good luck mama, give the dr a call.
B.H. answers from Detroit on July 21, 2010
I believe that it maybe too early to have testing done for autism. My son has high functioning autism. At 12 months old there were not signs or clues that he might have autism. He still does not display the "typical" signs of autism like hand flapping or walking on toes. If one was to look at him or talk to him you would not know. You actually have to spend time with him to see his unique quirks. His problems are more in the areas of concentration, focus and some social interactions.
I'm just saying this to to let you know that autism comes in all forms and no one person will have the same issues to address.
You may find that this is all typical behavior that your baby will outgrow and like all children you will eventually deal with another type of behavior to solve.
However, if you still have concerns I would go through with the testing when she is old enough. I held off on having my son tested because everyone around me was saying that I was making much of nothing. Even my husband and my son's Peditrician when I knew something was off. So, my son was almost 3 1/2 when he was eventually tested. So, go with your gut feelings because as a mom they are always right. And you will be surprised at the Peditricians out here who don't have a clue when it comes to autism.
S.C. answers from Dallas on July 23, 2010
I don't have an answer for you, but if you do discover there might be GI issues or Autism, I highly recommend looking at the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (www.breakingthesviciouscycle.info). A pediatrician came up with the diet in the 1920s and a mother of a child with ulcerative colitis made it "popular".
There is a site that focuses on children with Autism and GI issues who follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It's www.pecanbread.com. There are yahoogroups for these sites too where parents discuss the diet and their kids.
There are children who are infants and toddlers on the diet so 12 months is not too young. It's a healthy diet - getting rid of complex carbohydrates and all artificial foods. My daughter has ulcerative colitis and her health has improved greatly since starting the diet. So... if weight gain and/or autism are concerns for you, I would definitely try the diet for a month and see if your daughter improves. Apparently after a month if there are no signs of improvement (and you strictly followed the diet), then the diet won't work.
E.C. answers from San Francisco on July 21, 2010
I'd go ahead and ask your daughter's doctor - every loving parent is concerned about their little one's health and I don't think the doc is going to think you're exaggerating, just that you have normal concerns and worries about your child.