9 month old - worried about autism

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Botot Mon 25-Apr-16 15:20:58

I'm worried about my 9 month old's development. She can sit well but won't put her arms out when she falls, she can't lift herself up on her arms or knees in to a crawling position and she won't roll from back to front still. On top of this she is displaying traits which point to autism when you research it so i'm wondering if anyone else has had these problems but their child did not have autism? She won't look me in the eye when feeding, she won't respond to her name, she rarely likes to be cuddled and arches away from me quite often when I hold her. Sometimes it's hard to make her look at me and she flaps her arms a lot, shakes when excited and tenses her limbs a lot. She does smile quite a lot and giggles occasionally but it can be hard work to make it happen Am I worrying for no reason? I would really appreciate any advice and especially from parents with children who have autism. Thank you

PotOfYoghurt Mon 25-Apr-16 15:27:49

Your baby is 9 months old, it's far, far too early to know whether she has autism. Whilst some children that show similar signs to your DD do go on to be diagnosed with autism many others do not.

I know it's hard when you're worried about your children's health but the for the sake of your own step away from Google and just let your baby develop her skills and personality at her own pace.

If in another year or so you still have concerns, revisit them then.

PotOfYoghurt Mon 25-Apr-16 15:27:53

Your baby is 9 months old, it's far, far too early to know whether she has autism. Whilst some children that show similar signs to your DD do go on to be diagnosed with autism many others do not.

I know it's hard when you're worried about your children's health but the for the sake of your own step away from Google and just let your baby develop her skills and personality at her own pace.

If in another year or so you still have concerns, revisit them then.

duckyisback Thu 28-Apr-16 11:01:29

Agree with pot, far far to early to be looking at if she has autism.

Fwiw she sounds very similar to my ds at that age, he is now coming up to 17mo and is fine. I have no concerns for him at all.She will get there, just give her time smile

MattDillonsPants Thu 28-Apr-16 11:22:05

It IS too early for a diagnoses but it's never too early to start keeping an eye on things and listening to your instinct as this article explains

Some children under 1 year old do display signs of Autism but that doesn't mean they have it. They're developing and changing at such an extraordinary rate, that things can alter overnight.

The reason it's important to keep an eye on things is that early intervention can make a massive impact on an Autistic child's future development.

Without stressing you out OP, it is important to listen to your instincts but also be aware that nothing should get in your way when it comes to enjoying your baby as she is.

Expose her to as much language and one to one play as possible because it won't do any harm at all and it will help her either way.

When she's coming to a year, see if you can see any changes which make you feel more comfortable about her development. And get her hearing checked again.

BarbarianMum Thu 28-Apr-16 11:50:12

<<She won't look me in the eye when feeding, she won't respond to her name, she rarely likes to be cuddled and arches away from me quite often when I hold her. Sometimes it's hard to make her look at me and she flaps her arms a lot, shakes when excited and tenses her limbs a lot. She does smile quite a lot and giggles occasionally but it can be hard work to make it happen>>

These behaviours, taken individually or together, are all perfectly normal in a 9 month old child. That said, I'm not totally dismissing your concerns as it isn't very easy to explain a gut feeling that something is wrong and it's hard to know from your post how often your dd avoids eye contact, fails to respond to her name etc. Or wherther she has a general interest in communicating, other people etc.

I think, for the next few months, you need to wait and see how things develop. Getting her hearing checked would be a good idea, because poor hearing can mimic autism in many ways. And when she's 18 months you could look at the MCHAT test on line and see if that gives cause to take things further.

But for now just talk to, play with and enjoy her. That will do more good than anything else.

Spandexpants007 Thu 28-Apr-16 11:52:55

It's really normal for babies to want yo look everywhere else except at mum

DixieNormas Thu 28-Apr-16 11:56:34

It's all quite normal behaviour at that age, however I already had concerns about ds4 at that age (was dx asd at 2.4) so I understand your concerns.

Also everything that Matt says in their post.

Tippytoes13 Thu 28-Apr-16 12:27:28

You will have her 9/10 month review soon, which does include questions, to look at early diagnosis of autism etc. The things you mentioned above sound similar to my nephew who has recently been diagnosed with autism at age 4, however what you are describing is normal baby behaviour too. He mainly at that age hated being picked up and didn't respond to anyone, avoided eye contact and also didn't respond to his name, when it was called. However, I think 9 months is very young to consider something like this, I would just keep an eye on your daughter as she develops.

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