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Is an infant banging his head backwards alot a sign of early autism?

He has been doing this alot all of a sudden, taken him to the Dr. he had an ear infection but other than that he feels he will be fine but he hasn't stopped it and he gets very upset for no reason and pinches very hard for a baby, also he desn't always make eye contact. His Father has an Autistic brother so I guess thats why it came to mind, maybee I'm just parinoid.

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:51 PM on Nov. 13, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • how old is he?

    Answer by Lovin_mybaby5 at 9:51 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • i dont think so my nephew do it just to make noise

    Answer by quiwui30 at 9:53 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Could be. But you're not likely to get a diagnosis before he turns 3.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 9:54 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • depends on age
    head banging is a sign, but sounds like the ear infection is the cause
    do not be paraniod, but read up on signs
    depends on his age though, you posted in 0-12, so i am guessing too young

    my daughter is in spectrum and did head bang but not at 0-12, so try to relax, get info, keep your eyes open for signs, and if ped blows off your concerns (mine did) get another one

    Answer by fiatpax at 9:54 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • you can know before three, we did

    staring at thing spinning is an early sign, also staring at lights
    every child can look at, but staring for long amounts of time
    very hard when you have no other baby/child to compare to
    you have to listen to insticts

    Answer by fiatpax at 9:56 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • I know that in the state of California they can not give an official diagnosis of ASD until the age of 3. They might highly suspect it, but (in CA) there is no legal diagnosis until the third birthday.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 9:59 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Babies do all sorts of weird things as they develop. They discover new muscles, new sensations and new strengths. My daughter went through a pinching phase as a young baby and loved to rub her head back and forth as she layed on her back. I think as mothers we become hypersensitive to all the strange things our babies do and feel like there is probably a horrible explaination for them, but really they are completely normal. Relax, ask your Doctor for peace of mind, but I think your baby is just fine.

    Answer by kbakeman at 10:27 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

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