i just met my baby sister for the first time this weekend! strange diseases interest me, so i read a lot about them (i want to be a doctor)...that's why when i noticed a few things i started wondering if maybe she has some sort of problems. she's 16 months old. the first thing i noticed was she was small. my little cousin is only 2 months older than her, and much bigger. i was also surprised that she doesn't talk, while my cousin is a chatter box. not only does she not talk, she doesn't baby talk. she makes yelling noises sometimes, but nothing at all that sounds like she's even trying to talk. i noticed she didn't sleep much, and cried a lot more than my cousin. i don't think i ever saw her smile. she isn't very engaging and doesn't seem interested in what other people are doing, even when i tried to get her attention. she spent her time playing by herself instead of my cousin, mostly climbing in drawers/boxes and riding around on a powerwheel bike. when i asked her where her dad was, she did understand that and could point to him (this was her first weekend with my father, so she must have learned that pretty fast). she didn't respond to me when i'de call her name, but my family said it was because she didn't know me. i didn't notice if she responded to them calling her name, but i wouldn't be surprised if she didn't. right away i asked how old her mother was (this is my dad's 3rd child, and he didn't expect to be a father again at the age of 42 after both his other children left the house), she is around the age of 45. and i know there's a lot of things that are higher risk in older mothers. my family thinks the reason she has developmental problems is because her mom spoils her, so i was wondering if that could be why or if something else could be going on? she also has noticabley orange skin (i think the red hair is what makes it stick out). they say she is a very picky eater and only likes bread, sweats, carrots, sweat potatos...so they think all the carrots and potatos just gave her a beta-carotene dietary excess. i was just wondering if anyone else thinks we should be concerned? or if it all has to do with her diet and coddling.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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