First off, I delayed all vaccinations until my son was one. He's my first and when I read all the negative information about vaccines potentially being linked to SIDS and autism, I couldn't bring myself to do it. I always had a gut feeling like he wouldn't react well. But, with a lot pressuring from doctors and my family I went ahead and had them administer the vaccines when my son turned one.
I know this isn't a very popular topic and a very sensitive issue especially on cafemom but since having his vaccines, he's completely changed. I don't want to completely blame his vaccines but I never noticed a change in him until after they were given. His first vaccines were MMR, chickenpox, and dtap with influenza. His second set were MMR, and dtap with polio.
Looking back around the time his vaccines were given, I noticed he started completely ignoring me when I called his name. My first instinct was a hearing problem, but that couldn't be it because he responds to music and loud noises. After the second set, I realized that he was becoming more and more independent. He plays alone with the exception of the occasional baby coming over. He'll interact with faces he's not familiar with out of curiosity, and when his grandparents comes over he always plays with them. But he doesn't play with me or his dad and I've noticed that more and more often, he won't even make eye contact. It's like I'm dying for him to notice me and he doesn't even see that I'm there. :(
There are times when he will play with me and let me read to him for short periods of time. He loves to be tickled and loves to play chasing games. He will interact if it's something he's interested in but it seems like I'm standing on my head to get his attention.
I go as far as turning off tvs to avoid distractions, that doesn't help. I try one on one interactions and the majority of the time he wants to play alone. I also feel like he's regressing in other areas. About a week after his last set of shots, he stopped waving bye-bye, playing patty cake, and peek-a-boo. These were all things he did everyday and now he just doesn't seem interested or like he even remembers.
He's never been a big sleeper, but now at 14 months, he's expecting to only sleep 6-8 hours and refuses a nap even though he's cranky and wants to rest.
He also does things in repetition. Sometimes he will pick one toy and push the same button to make the same noise, over and over. He rocks himself in a back and forth motion several times a day for 2-5 minutes at a time. This never worried me because I thought that when watching tv that was his way of concentration, or when he was watching characters dance he was just trying to mimic and go along with the rhythm. But now I've notice that while rocking, he's banging his head on whatever surface he's rocking on and he seems to be doing it more violently.
He does react to pain and emotions. Even though he doesn't interact the best with me right now, he notices when I leave the room and will follow me or cry. He does want to be picked up and held occasionally but he doesn't care for snuggling.
I'm just really at a loss for what to do. I feel like I'm the only one noticing a change and everyone else thinks I'm just being paranoid. :/ I'm not really familiar with autism. I've been doing some research for the past few days to see what I could learn. I'm just really hoping maybe some of you ladies could give me some insight.