Small Study: Babies’ Attention Problems May Portend Autism Later.

HealthDay (2/9, Preidt) reported, “Attention problems might be seen in six-month-old infants who are later diagnosed with autism,” according to a study published online in the journal Biological Psychiatry. “The study included 67 infants at high risk for developing autism and 50 low-risk infants.” After following the babies’ eye movements as they watched a video of a lady performing everyday actions, researchers found that, “compared to the other infants, those who were later diagnosed with autism spent less time watching the social activities depicted in the video.” Even when the babies did pay attention, they still spent less time observing the lady’s face.

Kids With Autism More Likely To Have Feeding Issues.HealthDay (2/10, Preidt) reported, “Children with autism are five times more likely than other kids to have feeding issues, such as being especially picky eaters or having ritualistic behaviors or extreme tantrums during meals,” according to a study published online in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. “These problems can lead to deficiencies in calcium, protein and other nutrients,” the study found. The investigators “added that there is growing evidence that feeding problems and dietary patterns among children with autism may put them at increased risk for long-term health problems such as poor bone growth, obesity and cardiovascular disease.”

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— “Infants’ Inattentiveness Might Signal Later Autism, Study Says, “Robert Preidt, HealthDay, February 08, 2013.

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