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October 17, 2005

Child Food Allergies and Autism

I just read an article about a parent whose child has autism and how it relates to his child's food allergies. I admit, I know very little about autism outside of some personal relationships with parents whose child has it. The article said that managing food allergies had made a huge difference in the child's disorder and his pediatrician failed to recognize.

The parent had his child checked for food allergies and the result was a long list of problem foods. Gluten and casin turned out to be the major offenders and resulted in a intestinal disorder which triggered problems in his behavior as well.

The writer goes on to say, "There are thousands of parents of children with autism who had or still have no idea that a simple change in diet could make a world of difference." He suggests seeing an allergist, nutritionist and a gastroenterologist. So, if behavioral problems persist, you may want to take this advice.

Posted by David at October 17, 2005 7:30 PM