It all started with some small tinkling questions.
You’re prepared for this baby. You stopped drinking coffee the day you are pregnant. You’ve eaten all the nutritous food, and had great sleep.
Then the baby is born.
A few months later, you don’t know if it’s because you are a new mom. The baby just would not stop crying!
The baby would not sleep unless you rock him for hours.
The baby would fall asleep for a few minutes, and as soon as you leave his side, he wakes and starts crying.
A few months later, you find your baby wouldn’t repspond when you call him.
A few more months later, while every other baby in your mommy group is starting making sounds and calling their moms, your baby is just quiet. He would not even turn around even if you call his name a thousand times.
You feel you’re unfit to be a mom. You feel frustrated and depressed. Your family think you are just not doing your job since they don’t know you are handling a crying baby for so many hours every day.
Well, you are not alone. I was that mom.
What I didn’t know was that my child has autism.
It was difficult to get him to the hospitals for regular checkups. I didn’t know what to do or who to ask. I didn’t know what the keyword was and for all the parenting books that I’ve read, he was not the child that was described in the books.
So, my ultimate advice to you, is when your child are missing some developmental milestones, don’t wait and see. Ask your pediatrician to make a referal to a developmental pediatricians.