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How do you know if you baby that you are carrying may have autism when you already have a step son that has it

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:58 PM on Sep. 18, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • You won't know for sure until the baby is a toddler. Autism usually doesn't manifest until age 2 or 3.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 10:59 PM on Sep. 18, 2009

  • you don't. I'm assuming the child you're carrying is a half sibling? I would definitely make sure that you watch for developmental targets to make sure your child is hitting them on time, particularly around the age of 1 1/2. If you suspect ANY delay at all, get them tested through early intervention in your area.

    Answer by missanc at 9:22 AM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • There are no tests for autism until long after the child is born. Usually they won't diagnose until after 2.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:52 AM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • autism can run in families. However there are many levels to autism. Talk to your doctor he can advise you best.

    Answer by pagirl71 at 11:24 AM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • You don't know- you have to wait and watch for 'red flags' in behaviors or developmental delays. If you see any- then take the child in to be evaluated.

    Answer by MizLee at 6:58 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • You don't and you really need to stop worrying about something that you have no control over. You will have to wait and see when the baby is born and develops. Autisim is genetic, so it is possible that more than one child in a family will be Autistic.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:28 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • no pre-screening is available. Make sure your pediatrician knows and does regular CHAT screenings. 2 of my 3 have ASD. Early interevention is your best defense either way.

    PS LOVE my kids just as they are ASD and all.

    Answer by sparrow1138 at 4:20 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • You don't. I personally will never believe that autism is genetic though. Something causes it and it's not genes.

    Answer by Bos_Boo at 2:00 AM on Sep. 25, 2009

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