How to Understand Autism | Baby Development

So the topic of Autism and Pervasive Developmental
Delay, is a very hot topic these days in pediatrics. We definitely are seeing an increase in the
diagnosis of Autism, and that is perhaps because doctors have been better trained to diagnose
Autism. I think in the past, when perhaps when we
were in medical school or in residency, we didn’t have a defined spectrum of the disease,
but now we do. What is most important, as a parent, is that
you keep you well visit appointments with your pediatrician. We have so many frequent well visits now,
at one month, two months, four months, six months, nine months, 15 months, 18 months,
24 months, you know, at two and a half years and at three years, because it’s really important
for the pediatrician to follow the development of your child. Often parents, it’s your first child, or you
know, your first child didn’t develop properly and then your second one isn’t, and then you
don’t know. So that’s why you need a second set of eyes,
to look at your baby, and to see if the development is on target. At each visit, you as a parent should ask
your doctor, what is going to come? What’s going to happen between two months
and four months? What’s gong to happen between four months
and six months? That’s a little bit early to diagnose Autism,
but between six months and 12 months, when a baby’s going to be much more interactive
with the surroundings, with other people, communicating, making eye contact. Those are important milestones that you want
to talk to, and discuss with your pediatrician. Usually parents have a good sense if their
baby is not developing well, and you should definitely bring that to your pediatricians
attention. If there’s a family history of Autism or developmental
delay, you should definitely bring that to your pediatrician’s attention. In addition, if your baby had milestones,
let’s say your baby was saying, ‘mama’ and ‘dada’, at one year, but at 15 months your
baby’s not saying any more words, or hasn’t said any new words, you should bring that
to your pediatrician’s attention. In addition, if your baby doesn’t get excited
by thing that’s around them, like laughing, you know, laughing mom or dad, or their sibling
enters their room, or your baby doesn’t even respond when somebody enters a room, or get
excited, you might want to mention that to your pediatrician. I believe firmly in giving vaccines. Many parents have read a lot of outdated articles,
and there’s a lot of misinformation out on the Internet about vaccinations and Autism. There has never been a link between vaccinations
and Autism. Vaccines prevent childhood and infant death. I am very pro vaccines, and it is your right
as a parent to have that discussion with your pediatrician, but I do recommend vaccinating
all children on time.

24 thoughts on “How to Understand Autism | Baby Development

  1. wonderul… it would've helped for me when i found out about my own diagnosis and researched it a little. And to those that think the vaccines are what cause this sort of mal-development in their children… find a baseball at and hit yourself over the head w/ it a few times for society's sake…. just saying…

  2. I grew up with my diagnosis being discovered at age 10. another thing to look for when the child is a little older is lack of mood reading. to not know when something is inappropriate to say. but despite all that I turned out 'relatively' normal.

  3. How are you sure?! o_o
    Just kidding. Pardon me.
    Must have been bad. Too bad there are wrong diagnoses all around.

  4. It is too bad that most doctors are NOT assessing any of there patients. I am a medical professional, and it has been missed in my child.

  5. What's going to happen if you give him the shot you doggies are pathetic you are pathetic how you sleep at night what's going to happen after you give him a shot

  6. Why are people so neurotic about babies achieving the developmental milestones like it's the Olympics? I've known plenty of 1 year olds who just decide to be non-verbal when they're shy or tired. Maybe it's not the vaccines. Maybe it's all this neuroticism about making babies perfect.

  7. Go to and watch vaxxed . The CDC dumped data in the MMR study that showed it CAUSED autism! This doctor is a liar. Only one vaccine has been studied to see if it causes autism and it does . So to say all vaccines don't is a lie! No studies on others have been done.

  8. Parents KNOW, even when doctors don't. Most doctors will say "Oh they're fine! It's normal!" When NO, it's Not! Then longggg after, the parent ends up being right…when intervention/therapy/treatments could've happened much earlier in the infant's life…but parent's concerns weren't taken seriously! Sad.

  9. I am so autistic that when I was born I was blue, didn't cry and I instantly opened my eyes and stared down the nurse. She almost dropped me in horror 😂 but I will admit I grew up very happy with my autism and pretty smart

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