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A 50-year-old female asked:

What vitamins can i give my son who is non-verbal and autistic and is going through puberty, is this why he is aggressive and hitting and scratching?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Any over the counter: Multivitamin is fine. Puberty certainly may cause increase in aggressiveness since there is a surge of hormones, some mds may suggest Lexapro (escitalopram) in this situation.
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 48 years experience
For Behavior,Nothing: If you are looking for vitamins to improve his behavior, despite some beliefs, there has been nothing yet proven to really work.There are medicines that have been shown in good research trials to help in some cases. You have to weigh the benefits vs. The side effects and discuss with his physicians.
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
MEDICATION: Best to discuss medication with your Child Psychiatrist. If uncomfortable with your Dr. consult another for a second opinion. Have a physical exam by a Dr. to determine if your son has a physical illness. Fears and anxiety could be heightened due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Try to help him feel safe & hopeful to elevate his immune system.
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Dr. Kate Erwin
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Assessmennt: Bad behavior is not always due to adolescence. Your son should be evaluated by a child psychiatrist after making sure he is physically in good shape....eg he doesn’t have pain. He may be depressed or particularly stressed and anxious, for instance.
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Last updated Dec 18, 2020

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