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My question is pediatric neurologist. My daughter will be 6

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My question is for a pediatric neurologist. My daughter will be 6 months old in 1 week and I am trying to see if she has a positive head tilt reflex. I get a definite positive on her left side, but the right side is not as distinct. I feel like she does
it most of the time, but some times not. and it is not as hard of a tilt as the left side. She does have a very mild case or right side torticollis, so I was thought that might play a role in it. Admittedly, I over perform this test multiple times in a row,
and do it several times a day, so that could play a role in it also. I read online that it can be a red flag for autism, so I am very anxious about this. i guess my question is, how much of a "tilt" is required and is it concerning if it doesn't fully develop
until 8 or 9 months ( I read that it could take that long). If her head moves to the upright position for a second or 2, does that count? And does it count if she only does it sometimes? Thank you in advance.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
You should not believe everything you read online. Head tilt is not something that you should be trying to diagnose and test on your own at home.
Also, there is a whole lot more that goes into making such a serious diagnosis as autism in a child. Stop playing with her head.
You should talk to your doctor about your anxiety and get some help with it.
If you are truly concerned about autism then, by all means, take your daughter into her pediatrician for a full exam and, if indicted, consult with a sub specialist with extensive experience diagnosing and treating autistic children.
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