Late Teething: Is it a Sign of Autism? – Nao Medical

As a parent, you may be concerned if your child is not meeting developmental milestones, such as teething. While late teething can be a cause for concern, it is not necessarily a sign of autism. However, there is a correlation between late teething and autism, and it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms.

What is Autism?

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. It is a spectrum disorder, which means that it affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Some common signs of autism include:

  • Lack of eye contact
  • Delayed speech and language skills
  • Repetitive behaviors or routines
  • Sensory sensitivities

It is important to note that not all individuals with autism exhibit the same signs and symptoms, and some may not exhibit any signs at all.

What is Late Teething?

Teething is the process of a baby’s teeth emerging from the gums. The first teeth usually appear between 4 and 7 months of age, but it is not uncommon for some babies to start teething as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months. Late teething is defined as the absence of teeth by 18 months of age.

Is Late Teething a Sign of Autism?

While late teething is not a definitive sign of autism, studies have shown a correlation between late teething and autism. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, children with autism tend to have delayed development in motor skills, including teething. However, it is important to note that not all children with late teething have autism, and not all children with autism have late teething.

What Should I Do if I am Concerned?

If you are concerned about your child’s development, including late teething, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider. At Nao Medical, we offer comprehensive developmental evaluations for children, including assessments for autism. Our team of experienced healthcare providers can help identify any developmental delays and provide personalized treatment plans to support your child’s growth and development.

Key Takeaways

  • Autism is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior.
  • Teething is the process of a baby’s teeth emerging from the gums, and late teething is defined as the absence of teeth by 18 months of age.
  • While late teething is not a definitive sign of autism, there is a correlation between late teething and autism.
  • If you are concerned about your child’s development, including late teething, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider.

Book an Appointment with Nao Medical

If you are concerned about your child’s development, book an appointment with Nao Medical today. Our team of experienced healthcare providers can help identify any developmental delays and provide personalized treatment plans to support your child’s growth and development. Visit our Neurology page to learn more and book an appointment.

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