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My Autistic Child Wont Eat
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
In general,: As long as the growth and physical development are normal, yes, leave them alone. ...Read more
Experiment: Many autistic people are particularly sensitive to texture and consistency of food. Some find liquids like yogurt uncomfortable and much prefer something like cold cereal without milk and healthy snack bars they can chew better. Some are the other way around. Also, keep a log of behavior vs. Diet. If something causes upset change it. Choose foods you can stick with. Allow the child plenty of time. ...Read more
No iron clad answer: but there is enough from studies to believe that it derives from a problem in the genes. The severity may depend on the variability of the genes being expressed and to a degree other environmental factors. Knowledge of autism is incomplete at this time so be selective about the quality of information you get. It is best to discuss any questions with your PCP who has access to evidence based info. ...Read more
Autism: The autistic spectrum has many different presentations. Talk to your pediatrician, medications can help, in some cases, especially for the anxiety and meltdowns. There are also classes on how to work with these children. The school system will help, also. Special Ed teachers are specially trained. Try to keep to a schedule, change is very difficult. Get yourself some support, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies - Support Key: Severly autistic children can introduce high levels of stress into a home. It is extremely important that parents or other responsible adults seek out avenues of support and help in the community. Stress tends to increase in situations of isolation, so get whatever support you can to help in the situation. ...Read more
Exposing or allowing: any child access to illicit drugs, like passive smoking of marijuana, crack cocaine, crystal meth, etc., is Child Abuse. Kids' tox screens can be + for inhalants. Laws require doctors, therapists, school nurses, teachers, etc., to report suspicion of abuse to Child Protective Services. Most kids with ASD tolerate tiny doses of psychotropic meds, but some develop mania, psychosis, stupor, etc. ...Read more
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