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Supplements To Calm Your Autistic Child Down
Autism meds: Vitamin D and Omega 3 fish oils are helpful. Sometimes extra iron is useful if ferritin is low. Beyond those, everything else is on a case by case basis. Talk to your pediatrician or a developmental pediatrician and/or psychiatrist for other useful meds and supplements for your specific child. ...Read more
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
Wish that were so...: Although the internet abounds with stories of children with autism improving with certain vitamins, dietary supplements, and special diets, there is not evidence that any of these treatments help most children with autism. My patients are free to try these (if safe) if they want, though i don't endorse them. I wish there was a simple nutritional solution to this very difficult condition. ...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
Not Really: Many children with autism are picky eaters and have intestinal issues. Nonetheless, supplements are not helpful, expensive, and in some cases unsafe. Stories about improvement after starting a treatment appear to be compelling. However there is a lot of hidden bias in such stories. Fortunately, scientists have developed methods to test whether something really works. No supplements have worked. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: There are no controlled trials that show benefit. ...Read more
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
No clear answer: We still do not know the myriad causes of autism, so beware anyone who tells you how to ensure you don't have a child with autism. Most of the known factors that increase your risk--genetics, in utero viral exposure, complicated delivery--are outside your control. Best advice: get good prenatal care and recognized your odds still excellent that your child will not have autism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably none.: Most chidren, autistic or not, eat an adequate diet and do not require vitamns past the infancy period. If an autistic child does not eat a variety of foods, or eats alot of non-food items, then he might benefit from a multivitamin. Vitamins are not an appropriate treatment for autism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
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