11 Signs of Autism in Babies and Toddlers

Avoids Eye Contact

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With Autism now affecting up to one in 68 children in America (and one in 42 boys), it’s normal to worry and wonder if your child might be autistic. Some claim that autism rates aren’t really on the rise and it’s just diagnosed better today. However, ask a parent of an autistic child and they’ll tell you — it’s hard to miss! While your child having a few signs may be normal, it’s a good idea to bring it to the attention of your pediatrician.

1. Avoids Eye Contact

This is often one of the first signs of autism. Babies normally lock eyes during feeding and play time. Just as with the other signs, this alone does not necessarily indicate autism but when combined with other symptoms, it could present a problem.