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Jonathan, 7, has autism. He's been having constipation for yrs and this time it's been 2 weeks since his last bowel. Given Dulcolax and paraffin.
See his pediatrician: for a thorough history, physical & abdominal X-ray. He may need a "clean-out" before using bulk laxatives to have soft stools every other day for at least 6 mos. When stools are soft, have him sit on the toilet for 15 minutes, 15 minutes after a meal, with his feet supported so his knees are flexed, while blowing bubbles, playing on iPad, etc. Diet &/or low muscle tone are usually the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
Yes: People with autism have a higher risk of several types of health problems such as seizures, gastrointestinal problems and adhd. The communication difficulties in autism can also make it difficult for medical professionals to detect other problems such as heart burn or constipation. Many healthcare professionals receive limited training in autism. ...Read more
YES!: See a true expert for multi-dimensional care. Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive meds play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They are both: On the spectrum of autism disorder. Aspergers in general is more high functioning. They are all very bright people.. Aspergers tend to excel academically and have social problems because they do not read emotional cues well at all. Autism usually has more severe developmental and language delays with diarrhea, constipation, self stemming, and eating issues. This is a broad and general description. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet, if indeed he is going to respond?
Separate out issues: If the kid has gluten sensitivity confirmed by lab tests and or intestinal biopsy, going gluten free can reduce the related digestive issues like it would any normal kid.It will not reverse autism or autism specific symptoms. Institution of restrictive diets can give you something to do, but is a waste of effort for most parents.With such issues there is always another "cure" just around the bend ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Picky eaters: The most common abnormal eating pattern seen in children with autistic spectrum disorders is having a very narrow range of types of food he will eat. It's the picky eater of childhood taken to the extreme. He may refuse a certain food based on its texture or consistency, regardless of flavor and smell. Dealing with chronic constipation is a common challenge. Try to get a daily multivitamin in him. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Give it a try: The problem is getting them to actually take it! :-) if you can actually get the kid to ingest it, i recommend a trial of fish oil for most with autism. Although more research is needed, some research suggests modest benefits from fish oil, and no evidence of any harm. In general, fish oil and a multivitamin (+/- iron depending on constipation) are a good idea for most kids with autism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can gluten-free, diary-free diet help with autism symptoms? How accurate are the food allergy tests? What allergy tests do you recommend for autism?
Sometimes: Controversial subject. The research was done using a parent survey. Some parents report behavior improvement on dairy free/ gluten free diets, many others saw no effect. Continung > 6 months shows more benefit. It can be expensive and time consuming, but it is easier at this age than later. Kids who has GI symptoms such as constipation or diarrhea respondeed better to the dietary restrictions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ASD: Due to wide range of symptoms, in 2013 , it is called autism spectrum disorder.Early diagnosis is important. It can help make gains in language and social skills. ASD affects mainly 3 different areas. Social interaction communication(verbal and nonverbal) behaviors and interests. Please see a good child developmental pediatric specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It can be: I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well. Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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