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TLDR at bottom.

I’m not entirely sure what I’m looking for here. I have anxiety and (mild) hypochondria, not just for myself but also for my husband (and now my son). I hate social media, Instagram mostly. For some reason, all these reels started popping up in my feed lately about autistic signs which has caused me to go deep into the rabbit hole. My son is 10 months tomorrow and he seems to have some signs, but everything I’m reading says diagnoses don’t happen until after 2 years of age.

I’m not sure if my son has normal baby behavior, or if there are some red flags I should be worried about:

-he waves his arms and legs, mainly when he’s in his high chair or getting his diaper changed (sometimes if he’s just laying on his back, which isn’t very frequently anymore since he’s been crawling) -he moans. I saw that this is another stim to watch for. He moans when drinking a bottle and when he’s in the car, sometimes while in the stroller too. I’ve also heard this is a coping mechanism for teething pain, so who knows. -he doesn’t seem excited about other babies, but I’m not sure if he’s just still too young for that. He also doesn’t get a lot of exposure to other babies.

He makes eye contact and recognizes faces. He seems to be meeting gross motor milestones such as rolling, sitting, and crawling. He is trying to stand independently. He is NOT waving, pointing, clapping, or saying words yet. He’s working on his g’s and k’s but that’s it. I’m not sure if he responds to his name. My husband says yes but I’m still not entirely confident.

TLDR; why aren’t diagnoses made until after 2? Do these sound like normal baby behaviors? I plan to bring these concerns to the pediatrician but I also don’t want my anxiety and hypochondria to get the best of me (and my son). All advice welcome.

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