Elizabeth, I get what you're saying. There's definitely a grey area between "traits" and true autism. Some kids are very obvious in certain ways (eye contact or speech, I think), but some it's feels much more like an opinion.
Natalie, wow, pretty impressive that your DH was paying that much attention to the U/S. I was happy to be able to tell it was my species (although the first couple i half guessed Dino/zombie ). That's awesome that if nothing else you were somewhat prepared for what would happen/things would be different. He's a gorgeous boy.
Tanya, Daniel is on the Qvar 40. I'm personally wary of advair - ended up with jaundice after a week, but that week my breathing was amazingly good. I know it is a very good inhaler for a lot of people, my system is just over sensitive. So far his height hasn't been affected, but his weight has definitely been slower. But then, with his inhaler he's also been more active. I just don't know. :P
Had the boy's appt with their ped yesterday. We're going ahead with the PASS for Daniel, but we have to get an official speech evaluation before we can send in the referral. Enter hoops here. At least I remember when to jump!
Amanda ~ DH James ~ DSs Patrick + Daniel
Accept. Understand. Tell a friend. Include. Support. Matter.
Sorry I'm so late. I was out of town for a couple weeks and wasn't able to get on the computer.
I'm Angela mom to 2 kiddos with special needs. My 6 yo Dakota is high functioning autistic and my 5 yo has lots of cardiac problems.
I so understand all the stress with the food. Like your son, Dakota seemed very normal other than his MASSIVE amounts of throwing up he did and the constant diahrrea (I didn't realize he had diahrrea until Eli was born since my oldest was chronically constipated). He never said words, never waved bye bye, was completely obssessive about things, and food was a nightmare I could not explain unless you saw it. Luckily his speech/OT noticed some of his issues and told me I needed to have him evaluated. And turns out that therapist was a blessing for helping me. Now at 6yo he is amazing. Although food is still an issue and he stims like crazy sometimes. I can at least help curtail some problems just by knowing that he is autistic and what triggers him. Obviously not everything can be helped, but it did give me a huge benefit.
Also, reading a couple other posts about asthma medications slowing weight/height growth...yes, that has happened to my son. It was from two prednisone bursts to reduce bronchial swelling from two bouts with RSV this past year. He is asthmatic according to his allergy/asthma dr but she does not want to label him with that in his file yet. As she doesn't want treatment for his bronchial issues to go straight to prednisone. He went from 50th percentile height wise to the 10th percentile. Which should reverse itself as long as he does not have to have any more heavy course steroids.
DH married 6/24/06
DS born 4/29/08
Twin DD's born 5/10/10 at 35 weeks
Welcome, I'm new here as well. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, but have a wondeful outlook. My daughter, Alexa, has sensory issues as well. Feeding can be a nightmare, but seeking early intervention has been very helpful. Alexa has taught me that you just never know how life is going to turn out, but that I was meant to be her mommy