Originally Posted by JFTB1177
Wow. I don't think the OP deserved the treatment she got. She was concerned about a child and was asking for advice.
Back to the original question, I also wouldn't come out and suggest autism to the mother but maybe you could suggest she get in contact with EI for the issues he's having and they could be the ones to suggest further investigation (as my EI team did for my son).
I know Russian culture well (lived in a Russian community on the East Coast for about 10 years, dated Russian guys back when I was single, best friend of 18 years is Russian, etc) even though I am not Russian. I know the superstitions and a lot of the alternative treatments (my ex's mom had a homeopathic solution to everything; when I burned myself she pushed me into a bathroom and insisted I pee on the area immediately. I was initially put off but it worked lol. Still don't know if that's the best way to handle [minor] burns though lol). If the mother is obsessed with her son being a "genius", that's her business, BUT I do think injecting an unknown substance into a baby just to make him smarter borderlines on crazy. IMO. And then OP, you said she has mental issues... sounds to me this is something that needs to be investigated. I have to say I agree with the person who said call CPS. I don't think it is straight forward abuse, but maybe abuse without the mother realizing it.
We do not know if the substance is unknown, just that the OP doesn't know what it is. For awhile, we were giving our son B12 shots by prescription from our MD, because he was so low in B12, once the levels were up, he took it sublingually. B12 has a huge influence on the nervous system, and therefore is prescribed by many MDs who are also educated in alternative medicine. My sister who had lymes disease was given B12 injections to help with the paralysis in her face, by a different MD. My neurologist, not at all informed in alternative healthcare, suggested I take b12 .
So, calling CPS, because the OP and her mother doesn't know what this chemical is seems to be overkill. It would be like haivng someone who doesn't believe in child led weaning or co-sleeping calling CPS. Just because you are not informed or knowledgeable about alternative care does not mean that this mother is wrong. What she is doing, she is doing under doctor supervision. Many doctors consult from other countries. It usually is with the information being supplied by the doctor and parent in this country. Again, you are going on very very little second hand information and making many jumps in logic.
So, no, given the information you have given and the situation you find yourself in, I would not approach the mother.