Good for you to be asking the question! I don't want to scare you or alarm you unnecessarily, but my son did this also. He still does at times. He is 8 now and was diagnosed with autism at 2 1/2. I write you only to say, watch him carefully and watch his development closely, but lovingly.
Here are some things you should watch for if you are remotely concerned about autism, as well you should be, since the best predictor for recovery is early identification and early intervention. Autism effects 1 out of every 166 children. It is more prevalent in boys, ratio is 3:1.
Unfortunately, the doc's will probably tell you what they told me. "Don't stress mom! You are just a new mom/paranoid... etc" It wasn't until the magical age of 2 1/2 that they said the word autism... time was unnecessarily wasted because I had concerns and questions for over a year prior to his official diagnosis.
Here is some "Red Flags", think of this often while watching his development.
In clinical terms, there are a few “absolute indicators,” often referred to as “red flags,” that indicate that a child should be evaluated. For a parent, these are the “red flags” that your child should be screened to ensure that he/she is on the right developmental path. If your baby shows any of these signs, please ask your pediatrician or family practitioner for an immediate evaluation:
No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter
No babbling by 12 months
No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
No words by 16 months
No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age
*This information has been provided by First Signs, Inc. ©2001-2005. Reprinted with permission. For more information about recognizing the early signs of developmental and behavioral disorders, please visit http://www.firstsigns.org or the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/actearly.
www.AutismSpeaks.com has a wonderful website that gives you typical developmental milestones, red flags, etc. It's a great resource!
Also, make sure that he is healthy when receiving vaccines and that the vaccines are Thimerasol free, Thimerasol is a preservative in vaccines which is MERCURY and is toxic to neurodevelopment.
Mom to Autistic 8 yr. old and Autism/Disability Advocate