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Can the amount of sugar intake affect the behavior of a child with autism?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Controversial

The effects of sugar and other foods or additives in chidlren with autism or adhd are highly controversial.
Best reserach suggests that, especially with chidlren under age 5 or 6 years, if may have an effect. One problem is that sugar rarely is the only variable--context (party, after school, etc.) may have a big impact. Check for yourself; if it helps, restricting it may be worth the effort.

In brief: Controversial

The effects of sugar and other foods or additives in chidlren with autism or adhd are highly controversial.
Best reserach suggests that, especially with chidlren under age 5 or 6 years, if may have an effect. One problem is that sugar rarely is the only variable--context (party, after school, etc.) may have a big impact. Check for yourself; if it helps, restricting it may be worth the effort.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Robert Marvit
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not alone

For sugar to alter behavior with or without autism other factors shoild be present.

In brief: Not alone

For sugar to alter behavior with or without autism other factors shoild be present.
Dr. Robert Marvit
Dr. Robert Marvit
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Sugar itself has not been implicated in increasing maladaptive behaviors.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Sugar itself has not been implicated in increasing maladaptive behaviors.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Many studies have

been done since 1973 when Dr. Feingold suggested a link between food asditives & behavior in children with ADHD.
None has shown a causal link between sugar intake & behavior in any subset of children. Still, some parents report a temporal link between refined sugar intake & increased hyperactivity in their children with ADHD, with or without Autism, & they assume a causal link, though unproven

In brief: Many studies have

been done since 1973 when Dr. Feingold suggested a link between food asditives & behavior in children with ADHD.
None has shown a causal link between sugar intake & behavior in any subset of children. Still, some parents report a temporal link between refined sugar intake & increased hyperactivity in their children with ADHD, with or without Autism, & they assume a causal link, though unproven
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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