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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Thando | 2004/11/03

Q.

What is Autism?


I have a 7 months old baby boy i read an article about this condition,i want to know more and whether you can diagnose a 7 months old baby?
What are the symptoms? what causes it? can u prevent it?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I really do not think you should be worried about it at the moment. Autism is a rare disorder that manifests mainly as an inability to communicate and have normal personal relashionships, but it is impossible to diagnose at 7 months and you should not concern yourself unnecessarily.

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C.

Posted by: Dr anonymous | 2004/11/04

Yes it can be noticed as early as 7months.

Symptoms & Signs:
1. Lack of attachment, aloneness.
2. Repetative behaviour
3.Speech problems.
4. some develop seizures.
5. Attachment to specific types of objects & toys.

I hope your baby is well.

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