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6 weeks old - Actively avoids eye contact - Normal?
JohnInNYC posted:
Hi all,

My question: Is it normal or abnormal for a baby 6 weeks old to actively avoid all eye contact?

My daughter is six weeks old. For her first several days after birth she seemed pretty normal, but around the time we brought her home, she started ACTIVELY avoiding ALL eye contact. She is a twin, and her twin brother has been perfectly willing to make eye contact all along. He doesn't exhibit this issue at all.

Regardless of what distance I am from her face, the INSTANT that I move my face to be in her direct line of sight, she looks elsewhere. So then I move my face to THAT spot, and by the time I get there, she is looking elsewhere. This can repeat 50 or 100 times. There is absolutely nothing I can do to get her to look at me. She will not look at my wife either, so it's not just me.

I have Asperger's Syndrome (self-diagnosed), and so I am very afraid that this could be a symptom of autism. She did not exhibit this behavior at all before we came home from the hospital. I have photos that I took of her looking right at me while we were still in the hospital. The only thing that changed, besides coming home from the hospital, was that she had the Hepatitis B vaccine at the hospital shortly before coming home. I am seriously hoping that there is not some kind of a connection there.

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sumis responded:
please wait for 2 more weeks my ds did not start making eye contacts until he was 8 weeks old

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