Is that normal? Or this may be a sign of autism?

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    It's normal for someone to not smile in photos. That happens, a lot. Some countries do not allow you to smile in some government photos. Of course, that's not what you're asking, so is it normal for HER to not smile, in THIS situation? I have no idea. What's the baseline? What constitutes as her normal? What's the control? Were there drastic changes to her photogenic quality within recent period? Do you have prior photos of her smiling but now she no longer smiles? How long ago were they? Did you ask her what's wrong? Are you her close friend? Relative? etc... – Nelson Mar 23 '16 at 4:03
  • Does she smile in situations other than being photographed? – Acire Mar 23 '16 at 10:25
  • explain downvotes pls or retract them. we're not kids here – Leo Mar 23 '16 at 14:54
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    While it's considered more polite and helpful to explain, there is no requirement on StackExchange that users need to justify their downvote (or upvote!) – Acire Mar 23 '16 at 15:55

No, it's not normal for an 8 month old child to have never smiled, ever. Infants smile spontaneously from birth (some people attribute this to intestinal gas. It's most likely a reflex.) But they begin to smile responsively between one to two months of age, and laugh at two to four months of age.

If you mean the baby doesn't smile for a camera, that's a completely different matter. I'll assume that's not what you mean. If the baby used to smile but doesn't anymore, and it's been this way for a few weeks, it's worrisome (but not necessarily only for autism.)

You ask about autism. With so entirely little to go on, no one can say. The best course of action is to bring this up with your baby's doctor. It is not too early to start doing testing on a baby who isn't reaching their milestones.

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