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what vitamin helps reduce autism symptoms?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
None: Vitamin therapy has been tried. It does not work. Do not waste your money.The scientific evidence is there.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
If you look closely at the claims, most stop well short of "treating autism," and we have no such treatment at present. Some children may have decreased agitation with certain vitamins, but most do not.
Mar 21, 2012
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
With all due respect to my colleagues, for some children it can make positive changes. vitamin D, B6, and methyl B-12 are some ones that I have seen personally benefit SOME children. Add L-methyl Folate to the list also.
Oct 23, 2012
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Provided original answer
I have NEVER seen any of these supplements improve anything and I have had patients try them.And with all due respect, there is ABSOLUTELY NO research evidence supporting their efficacy
Jan 5, 2013
Dr. Allen Lewis
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Several: Vitamin therapy in autism is a very misunderstood topic because random use of vitamins is ineffective for any condition. However, a thorough evaluation leading to a targeted treatment strategy can be very helpful for anxiety, sensory overload, mood instability, behavior disorder and more. Helping with these symptoms helps a person with autism better access needed behavioral therapies.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Random use of vitamins yes, but targeted approaches have evidence of benefit. There is proof. Do a google search for autism.asu.edu. Jim Adams PhD at Arizona state has a nice summary of published studies that do show an effect.
Sep 18, 2015
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
None: there are no vitamins that have been shown based on double blind controlled studies to have a positive effect on autism. Lots of research going on currently.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
with all due respect, there are 3 double blind placebo controlled studies that show a beneficial effect of Vit B6/Magnesium to help language, austic behaviors. there are an additional 16 non-double blind studies in the literature. Those who say there is no evidence, are not looking hard enough, or discount the published studies as "not big enough"
Sep 18, 2015
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
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When do I need to give my babies vitamins?

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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics 30 years experience
No: There is no perfect time or age to start vitamin. It depends on indvidual needs. It is recommended by aap that if you infant is exclusively breast fed or mostly breast fed should take vitamin d.
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How can I tell if my baby is getting enough vitamins?

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Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greeneanswered
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Vitamin D: Babies used to get plenty of vitamin d from the sun; now most of their day is spent indoors. Most healthy babies who are breastfed or partly breastfed should get a vitamin d supplement. Breast milk has all the other vitamins -- and more! formula has vitamins, including d, added in. Once solids are started, choose a variety of fruits and veggies. Iron isn't a vitamin, but do choose iron-rich foods.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between aspergers disorder and high functioning autism?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Probably Not Much: To my knowledge, these are expressions for the same condition. Aspergers is now part of what is called the autistic spectrum, a range of conditions sharing characteristic of autism, but with different levels of severity.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can a specific type vitamin help with depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Certain vitamins: Depression first of all needs a good evaluation by an experienced psychiatrist or psychologist. Sometimes psychotherapy alone can help; sometimes antidepressants are needed also. Low vitamin d levels have some correlation with depression. Some data shows that low B12 and folate can accompany depression too. While replenishing these nutrients may not cure depression by themselves, they may help.
A 24-year-old female asked:

Is the brand name water, vitamin water really a healthy choice? One of the ingredients is reverse osmosis water, what s that? Do doctors advice against it?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
It's all relative: Most of the vitamin waters contain 32 grams (6+ tsp) of sugar; any drink with that much sugar is not particularly healthy. But it does have small amounts of vitamins (mostly vit c & some b's). Reverse osmosis is a good form of water purification. Compared to a soda, that has over twice as much sugar & no vitamins, it is a healthy choice, but compared to pure water & a vitamin pill not so good!
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Provided original answer
The vitamin water I like most is XXX because of the healthy antioxidants from fruits that are added. Overall though, the healthiest drink is water, but I advise avoiding fluoridated water, which is tricky because over 70% of our country's water supply is fluoridated! Reverse osmosis does remove fluoride from water so at least Vitamin Water is free of fluoride. Spring water is another source of fluoride-free water. See http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/21/fluoride-health-hazards.aspx and http://www.naturalchoice.net/articles/flouride.htm
Dec 29, 2012
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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Instead of "Vitamin Water" you can try adding a packet of EmergenC (or similar products like OxyLent) to spring water. This will give a much higher levels of vitamins and much less sugar (6 grams), has a variety of nice fruit flavors and costs much less.
Dec 30, 2012

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