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How long is it supposed to it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet?

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

There is no sure answer. Some kids, two weeks.
Some kids six months. Some kids never. Some need other restrictions too, possibly dairy, possibly soy. Every child is different and no one treatment will work for each child, and some children will have a profound change, some a little bit, and some not at all. This makes it hard to do controlled studies, because there is not just one autism.

In brief: Depends

There is no sure answer. Some kids, two weeks.
Some kids six months. Some kids never. Some need other restrictions too, possibly dairy, possibly soy. Every child is different and no one treatment will work for each child, and some children will have a profound change, some a little bit, and some not at all. This makes it hard to do controlled studies, because there is not just one autism.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Forever

Gluten sensitivity does not cause autism, therefore, no length of time on a gluten free diet will show improvement in autism. See http://abcnews.
Go.Com/health/autism/gluten-free-casein-free-diet-remedy-autism-study/story?Id=10690766.

In brief: Forever

Gluten sensitivity does not cause autism, therefore, no length of time on a gluten free diet will show improvement in autism. See http://abcnews.
Go.Com/health/autism/gluten-free-casein-free-diet-remedy-autism-study/story?Id=10690766.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
With all due respect to my colleague, the question was not if gluten caused autism, but that if dietary withdrawal of gluten from the diet would result in improvement. file:///H:/downloads/9fcfd511fbf82dd3f6.pdf http://www.cabdirect.org/abstracts/19911429898.html;jsessionid=ABD7F7972E3F7F4F0CA734DD9201A852 are 2 studies that show some benefit.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

It depends if there is a gluten related issue and it depends on the individual person.
If there is a leaky gut due to inflammation caused by gluten- avoiding gluten means avoiding products that contain gluten as well, such as certain medications where gluten is used as a binding agent. I would give it at least six months of a trial to see if there is a behavioral improvement.

In brief: Depends

It depends if there is a gluten related issue and it depends on the individual person.
If there is a leaky gut due to inflammation caused by gluten- avoiding gluten means avoiding products that contain gluten as well, such as certain medications where gluten is used as a binding agent. I would give it at least six months of a trial to see if there is a behavioral improvement.
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