Is a 2 month old suppost to make eye contact??

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My almost 2 month old does not respond to my voice or look at me.... ever. Is she too young or is this normal? I am starting to fear autism... my biggest fear. Am I over reacting or do I have reason for concern?

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Ariel - posted on 02/27/2012

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I was just wondering how your baby is doing? I see you posted this in 2010. When did your baby start making good eye contact?

Iridescent - posted on 02/22/2010

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I have one son with definite autism and one that is probably autistic. Their first signs were not the same. At 2 months, they're learning about the world around them. Their eyes are not yet developed, either. Eye contact isn't really expected for a few more months, so this is normal. Also, has her hearing been checked? I was so scared my second son was autistic after my first was, and he was missing milestones, and the whole issue was he was deaf.

Our first signs of my children's autism were:
- constant screaming (not crying, SCREAMING)
- hating to be held (literally throwing their bodies back and away from us to get away, even at a few weeks old)
- major food aversions (not noted until nearly a year old, when introducing foods was both safe and the child is capable of taking them)
- texture aversions (noted older - bathing as he hated water, eating he developed Failure to Thrive, refused to wear most clothing, refused to be set in grass and went to great extremes to avoid it, etc)
- obsession with spinning objects
- very little sleep (was sleeping ~4 hours per 24 from birth on, NOT typical)
- speech delay
- regression

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Thank you for your time and info ladies. She is only two months, so I can not comment on her food intake or speech, but she will not look at me. She likes to look up, which I just saw on tv as a sign. She is also always stretching, arching her back, and moving her head from side to side.

Danielle - posted on 02/22/2010

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Oh Summer I am so sorry and I know your concerns as I am a first time mom and was always worried about autism with all that is talked about it these days. I really don't know the answer to that. My son is 7 months and always responded to me, but the one thing I have learned is all babies are different. Is she smiling and laughing yet? Sorry I don't have answers but I saw that no one had responded yet and wanted you to know that I read this at feel for your worry...

Kendra - posted on 02/23/2010

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My kids both were making eye contact before 2 months but a friend of mine's daughter (now 4 months) didn't until a couple weeks ago. It is one of those things that will likely happen but in its own time. Don't worry about autism or other disorders quite yet, just keep talking to her and she will respond!

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I'm locking this thread since its from 2010 and any questions are not going to be answered due to her inactive state.



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Kara - posted on 08/12/2011

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help her with letters and numbers - repetativy,deal with doctorswait for shool

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I feel better. She did pass her hearing test. She just does advoid looking at me at all costs. She used to look at me when I fed her and now she does not.

Geralyn - posted on 02/22/2010

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Summer, I agree with the other rmoms that it is way to early to tell anything. Her little sensory system is developing and her brain is still developing.... The symptoms of autism unfold over time, and as Amy said, very often it is a situation where the child had certain skills developing and then lost those skills. While the diagnosis of autism identifies a number of charateristics that emerge by age 3 years, there are children who have "classic" autism who have been diagnosed at 12 to 15 months.



And there are usually a number of areas that are affected, not just eye contact. I think that you are wise to be cautious, but just try to enjoy this time with your baby! As she grows, there are lots of stimulating toys and things you can do with her....

Becky - posted on 02/22/2010

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Have you had her vision and hearing checked at all? Although they still can't see clearly at 2 months, so no eye contact would be normal, babies generally prefer human faces over anything else, so if she seems to be deliberately avoiding looking at you, I would be a little concerned about that.
I think that it's normal not to respond to your voice yet at that age. Sad, my son is only 5 months old and already I can't remember whether he responded to my voice at 2 months! I do know though that he would stare at me and definitely showed signs that he recognized me by that age. But I would have her eyes and hearing checked before worrying about autism.

Iridescent - posted on 02/22/2010

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They typically don't even check for autism in children under 3 years old. The way it was described to me is this: Everyone has some autistic tendencies. It's when those tendencies combine to make it impossible for that person to function in society that it becomes autism.
Also, many signs of autism are perfectly normal symptoms at one age, and become a sign of autism later when it is no longer developmentally appropriate.
Enjoy your baby! It sounds like she's doing well for her age.

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