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Eating Disorders In Children With Autism
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
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more
Thoughts? Could seeing a psychiatrist who specializes in autism/aspergers help with my eating disorder?
Lot of intervention: If you are going into the hospital for an eating disorder, things must be very serious. You can expect lots of blood test, nutritional and psychological intervention. You may get IV fluids as well. Only when they have stabilized your weight as well as lab work-- and when there is no danger of severe consequences (cardiac rhythm issues, even death), will discharge be likely. This is very serious. ...Read more
Educating Caregivers: The boston children's hospital has helpful info on eating disorders in kids/teens. (see: http://bit.Ly/12ngs3u) of course, preventing eating disorders is ideal. But 4 those children w/ eating disorders, working w/ their parent(s)/caregiver(s) is foundation of treatment. Focus is on (a) education & (b) changing attitudes re appearance, and habits re eating/nutrition, exercise & lifestyle. ...Read more
I have a history with depression and eating disorders. How likely is it that my children could develop these conditions?
Nature vs Nurture: To some degree, these are inherited - but i'm certain that they are also learned. I believe that part is most important. Firstly, because it is what we can effect. Life can be difficult too, so avoiding emotional/behavioral disorders isn't easy even if there's no family history. Building a life style of making good choices, addressing issues early and solving problems well is what you can model. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DSM-V changes: In dsm-iv, the current classification system, autism refers to a severe disorder usually evident in early childhood, whereas autism spectrum disorder involves an evolution of a range fo disorders autism, aspergers, and pdd as well as a less frequent disorder into a concepr of varying severrity of autism spectrum disorder in dsm-v. See http://cpancf.Com/autismspectrumdisorder.Asp i. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No/yes: Autistic kids have major behavioral problems. But this is very different from conduct disorder. Autistic kids react according to their perception of the environment. They don't comprehend what others do. That isn't a conduct problem it's a comprehension problem. Treaments are available to help these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many Theories: Sometimes a suspected genetic mutation is thought to be at fault. Sometimes experts feel the child has some type of unknown metabolic weakness of the immune system or unknown enzyme, then 1 or 2 or 3 insults to their system occur and it creates disorder in their neurochemical make up. Cdc claims vaccines are 'perfectly safe', others dispute this claim. More research is clearly needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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