AUTISM. Gastointestinal Disorders on the rise in ALL children. NOT a symptom of Autism.
The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, IFFGD states that Gastrointestinal Disorders, (GD), are common in ALL children. Therefore, linking such a symptom as GD to be a common denominator for children with Autism is incorrect.
Autistic children are more susceptible to ALL types of disorders and diseases. Thus, any diet related to a ‘cure’ specifically of Autism has not been proven. Most have been completely disproven.
The numerous, all over the board studies regarding children with Autistic Disorders, (AD) and links to GD, Gastrointestinal Disorders show results ranging from 20-75 percent. That’s a HUGE difference. Highly controlled and accredited research is not conclusive in showing GD to be a symptom of Autism, rather a condition which has risen in all children. A well balanced diet in children is essential to growth, period.
Unusual eating behavior occurs in about three-quarters of children with ASD, to the extent that it was formerly a diagnostic indicator. Selectivity is the most common problem, although eating rituals and food refusal also occur; this does not appear to result in malnutrition. Although some children with autism also have gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, there is a lack of published rigorous data to support the theory that autistic children have more or different GI symptoms than usual; studies report conflicting results, and the relationship between GI problems and ASD is unclear.
We have got to stop reaching at straws and connecting disorders to Autism which percentage wise are equally applicable to ALL children. We are confusing the issues and worst yet, the parents and caregivers.
If my child had diarrhea, he would not want to be social, play games, make eye contact or speak much, etc… Therefore, he would appear MORE Autistic. When his symptoms were relieved, he would appear LESS Autistic. There are thousands of conditions which can have parallel symptoms of Autism.
I would NEVER, however, use this type of a study to say that Kaopectate is a cure for Autism.
We have got to stop reaching for straws.