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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags – Keeping Track of Reactions

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Our series, Red Flags, is covering very common – yet please don’t consider them normal – childhood issues many parents are seeing these days. If you’re seeing Red Flags in your children, how do you go about tracking what reactions … Continue reading

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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags – Lining Things Up

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Hindsight . . . I did not catch it at the time, 17 years ago, but looking back at the early warning signs that something was amiss, it is now a retrospective facepalm. I thought it was a sign of … Continue reading

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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags – Chronic Drool

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So all babies drool. According to every imaginable pediatric expert there is, drooling is a normal occurrence in all children up until around age two. Infants do not develop full control of swallowing and the muscles of the mouth until … Continue reading

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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags – Red Cheeks

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When my daughter was younger and I first started noticing things like hand flapping, regression in speech, toe walking and meltdowns over odd things, I soon figured out these were all red flags for autism. There are some other flags that … Continue reading

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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags: A Big Head

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My children have big heads. They’ve had them since birth (ouch!), and it runs in our family. So when I read that large heads could be an early sign of autism, I was interested – given that four of my … Continue reading

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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags: Ear Infections

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When I became a mother for the first time in 2001, I completely relied on my child’s pediatrician to guide me on all medical decisions and never thought to question anything. I was a good little rule follower and followed … Continue reading

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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags: Speech Loss, Lack, and Delay

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When you have a child, especially a firstborn, you anticipate every milestone. The first time he or she rolls over, the first step, the first word . . . But what if your child never says that first word or … Continue reading

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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags: Insensitivity to Pain

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When my daughter was about 2 1/2 years old, she was following me upstairs and fell forward a little and the heel of my shoe caught her lip.  I turned around to ask if she was okay, and she just … Continue reading

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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags: Head Banging

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Is it normal for an infant, toddler or preschooler to bang his or her head on a hard surface? It seems like a straightforward question — even as my mother’s instinct is screaming, “No, it’s not normal; something is wrong.” However, … Continue reading

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Thinking Moms’ Guide to Red Flags – Repetitive Behaviors

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  “There he goes again, a man on a mission!” That “man” being my 13-month-old son.  His mission:  Climb up on sofa with stuffed blue dog, throw blue dog over the back of the sofa, slide backwards off of the … Continue reading

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