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Can a gluten-free diet treat autism?
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4 doctors agree
In brief: See below
There are people that believe diet and supplements can help autism, but there is not any reliable evidence.
You can certainly try a gluten free diet. However, it can be a difficult diet to follow.

In brief: See below
There are people that believe diet and supplements can help autism, but there is not any reliable evidence.
You can certainly try a gluten free diet. However, it can be a difficult diet to follow.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Some children with autism have wheat sensitivity,but there is not yet sufficient evidence that eliminating glutinous will alter autism in general.
However there is little downside risk for eliminating gluten from a diet.

In brief: No
Some children with autism have wheat sensitivity,but there is not yet sufficient evidence that eliminating glutinous will alter autism in general.
However there is little downside risk for eliminating gluten from a diet.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree
In brief: Unless a child has
Gluten enteropathy (celiac disease) documented by specific laboratory tests, there's no medical reason to use a gluten-free diet.
7% of children with & without autism have celiac disease. Likewise, removing milk/milk products is necessary only for a milk protein allergy. There's no scientific evidence of efficacy of any medication or dietary manipulation in treatment of core symptoms of autism.

In brief: Unless a child has
Gluten enteropathy (celiac disease) documented by specific laboratory tests, there's no medical reason to use a gluten-free diet.
7% of children with & without autism have celiac disease. Likewise, removing milk/milk products is necessary only for a milk protein allergy. There's no scientific evidence of efficacy of any medication or dietary manipulation in treatment of core symptoms of autism.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Catherine EKWA-EKOKO
Pediatrics - Neonatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
I have seen several children respond to a gluten-free diet within 2-4 months.
This diet might take some getting used to, however there is an increasing amount of gluten-free items available. In addition a healthy diet of meat, fruits and vegetables, with limited sugar and artificial colors could benefit your child.

In brief: Possibly
I have seen several children respond to a gluten-free diet within 2-4 months.
This diet might take some getting used to, however there is an increasing amount of gluten-free items available. In addition a healthy diet of meat, fruits and vegetables, with limited sugar and artificial colors could benefit your child.
Dr. Catherine EKWA-EKOKO
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
See www.aap.org & Autism Society of America recommendations for diagnosis & treatment of gastrointestinal disorders before using GF/CF diet
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No Convincing Eviden
Altho, it is safe to try the diet, there is no convincing evedence that it works.
I have also not yet seen a patient with positive improvement. And the diet is extremely difficult and may take up to 4 months if it works at all.

In brief: No Convincing Eviden
Altho, it is safe to try the diet, there is no convincing evedence that it works.
I have also not yet seen a patient with positive improvement. And the diet is extremely difficult and may take up to 4 months if it works at all.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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