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Autism and Gut Symptoms

A large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) were far more likely to have suffered from gut intestinal issues. Over 41,000 children were followed between the ages of 6 months to 36 months, which makes the findings of the study more significant.

Children with ASD were more likely to have constipation, diarrhea and food allergies,

The most promising result of the study is that “treatments that address GI symptoms," the authors say, "may significantly contribute to the wellbeing of children with ASD and may be useful in reducing difficult behaviors."

Some strategies for addressing gut symptoms in children are:
Ensuring that they eat probiotic-rich foods. This can include fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, or even yogurt (without any added sugars).
Reducing their sugar intake, as a high sugar diet feeds bad gut bacteria and makes the problem worse.
Removing offending foods that might be irritating their guts and causing poor digestion.

Talk to a nutritionist or your child’s pediatrician to help with improving their gut bacteria.

The original study can be found here:

Bresnahan M, Hornig M, Schultz AF, et al. Association of Maternal Report of Infant and Toddler Gastrointestinal Symptoms With Autism: Evidence From a Prospective Birth Cohort. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online March 25, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.3034.

To make an appointment call us at:
Tomball Office:      281-290-8188
South Loop Office: 713-808-9781
Bryan Office:          979-383-2074
Lufkin Office:         936-229-3621