HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy 
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.


More common in boys, an affected child has difficulties with relationships, communication and imagination. The child will also demonstrate repetitive patterns of behaviour. The condition usually becomes apparent by the age of 2 years old.

An autistic child prefers to play alone, makes poor eye contact, has difficulty with everyday social interactions and is extremely resistant to change of any kind. Rituals and obsessions are very important. They are often seem to be ?in a world of their own?. Delay in learning to speak is common and the child may also display one or more sensory sensitivities e.g. extreme reactions to being touched.

For more information contact the National Autism Society:

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