Posted by: Anon | 2005/07/29


baby wont laugh or smile

My son is now 9 months old. He walks, he can talk / babble, he eats well, and basically has reached most mile stones before time - he was crawling at 3 months, walking at 8 months. My issue is that he has never smiled or laughed and hardly cries. At all his paed check ups, they have said that there is nothing wrong, I have taken him to OT, and the woman has said that there is nothing wrong with him, but I am getting a little anxious now. When do I start taking him for tests for autism etc.


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He should have smiled by the age of 6 weeks and should certainly be giggling at times now.The fact that he does not cry much is also strange. I agree that you should take him for a check up by your paediatrician-ask directly about autism. Remember this could all be normal in his case.

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Posted by: SLC | 2005/07/29

Maybe you just have a serious little boy! He sounds clever with reaching his milestones so early - maybe he's a deep thinker & is so busy concentrating on all the 'other' things that he hasn't got 'time' to laugh or smile - hope this makes sense.

Autism only 'shows' itself from around 15 months so I certainly wouldn't be concerned about that at this stage.

if the doctors all say he's fine then stop stressing. Go buy some puppets & put on a show for him - might make him giggle.

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