Autism in Infants

Diagnosed autism in newborns at early stage: according to a study you can gaze through a test, diagnose the disease already during the first days of the baby’s life. This way you can quickly intervene and cope better with the evolution of the disease.

Experts say it may be possible to diagnose autism in infants with just a test of vision, a very simple test to determine whether the child’s eyes already in the first days of life may or may not be caught by the classic social stimuli, such as the movement of a hand or a face.

Here is the interesting perspective of a study, this time Italian, coordinated by Giorgio Vallortigara of the University of Trento, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Padua and in collaboration with the National Institute of health in Rome. The research looked at the behaviors of children during the first 6-10 days old, all infants at high risk for autism, whose reactions to social stimuli to which we said before, were compared with those of children at low risk.

Apparently the differences are definitely notable among infants at low risk and those at high risk, or children who have siblings with autism: infants at high risk of disease appear to be little interested in the social stimuli or forgiveness for attention while others allow themselves to capture by external stimuli staring long Visual stimuli.

Why is this study important? Because it sets the stage for an early diagnosis of autism, allowing to quickly intervene to try to counteract the disease since its inception. Doubtless autism is a quite complex, with different levels of severity, but intervene as soon as possible helps to deal with it in the best way and could be a big step forward if we consider that currently cannot diagnose autism before age 2-3 years of a child’s life.