Lisa - posted on 06/17/2012 ( 41 moms have responded )
My son just had his two year check up with his pediatricain this past week and the doctor was very alarmed about his weight. He has always been around the 50th percentile for his weight before, but has now dropped to the 20th percentile. I knew my son seemed a little small for his age, but I did not know that he was that small and that it was such a concern. I am really worried now, and now I realize that my son does not really eat much. At first I thought it was genetic, I always ate like a bird and was one of the smallest children in my elementary. His dad was also thin as a child. I will offer my son all kinds of food and will have him sit at the table and I will always eat with him. He normally has just a few bites, but then pushes himself away from the table and starts to cry and asks to get down. I really want to teach him good table manners, so we ask him if he can politely wait until everyone is done eating before he gets down, but he continues to cry and starts to act like he is choking, so I just give in and let him down. He will run off and play while my husband and I finish our meal and clean up our son's barely touched plate. It is really a struggle to get him to eat. When I was researching about this same issue with kids with autism, I became even more worried.
At our 18 month check up, I asked the doctor if autism should be considered with my son - he has delayed speech and is very independent and does not like to play with other children. The doctor said that he was not worried about autism - since I had answered "yes' to most of the questions on the autism questionairre I had filled out upon arrival (he has great eye contact, is very cuddly, points to ojects, uses joint attention, and follows commands).
At his 2 year check up last week, again, the doctor did not mention the possibility of autism. He asked about his speech - right now my son says about 25 words and knows about 25 signs. My son is also sorta obsessed with letters - he knows all of the letters of the alphabet and knows a few numbers. Sometimes I will hear him signing the alphabet song, often starting in the middle. He likes to spell out words on shirts, ceral boxes, or book titles. I have heard that early letter recognition is a sign of autism, but I did not bring this up with the doctor - don't really want it to seem that I am bragging about what my son can do, plus it wasn;t on the austism questionairre so I thought maybe it was just a myth. Maybe I should have brought it up? However, the Doctor did not seem too worried about his speech and seemed more worried about his weight. My son is in Early Intervention for his speech but during our next appointment I am going to see if they offer any services to help him with his eating.
I guess my concern is my son's picky eating and unwillingness to eat is now another sign of autism that he is exhibiting, but our pediatrician is not saying anything about the possibility of autism. He is a great doctor but should I get a 2nd opinion?