For many parents of autistic children, improvement is a major goal when it comes to their child’s behavior. They’re really hoping that there will be any marked change in behavior, from fewer tantrums to actually getting past certain developmental milestones. Parents often become discouraged, because they don’t think that they are seeing improvement in behavior.
Trying a wide range of autism treatments is your right as a parent. Doing your own research and deciding what treatments you would like to try is a wise plan in order to protect your child and yourself. You don’t just have to try treatments that your doctors advise. You can choose to put your child on a special autism diet or give them certain supplements.
A recent news article about autism says that a study was done to try to find earlier symptoms of autism in order to diagnose children before they are two years old. Scientists have discovered that certain early screening tests can predict a later autism diagnosis. If such screening can become normal, then parents would know sooner about their child’s autism.
This piece of autism news is definitely good news, because we have seen that it is very important for children to receive early diagnosis of their disorder to receive the proper treatment. If we could know if a nine month old child was at risk for autism, we might be able to prevent some later symptoms. Hopefully, earlier diagnosis will be possible.
Recently, there have been successful studies on the affects of probiotics on mice with autism. Many parents have been trying to change their children’s diets and reduce certain items with the suspicion that digestive problems and autistic behaviors might be linked in some way. A successful study on mice has now shown there may be some truth to this.
It may be a while before human trials are actually performed, but parents can give probiotics to their children without any fear of many negative affects. This type of treatment is a lot easier than some of the treatments that are recommended for autism. With luck, more research will be done to understand the connection between autism and digestion.
Over the past couple of decades, a lot of progress has been made on treating autism. Many studies have been done to prove certain treatments as viable while proving that others are merely harmful and should not be attempted. Chelation was one treatment that used to be heavily touted as a life changing autism treatment.
Over time, many studies were done to show that chelation therapy was actually not a good idea for most children. Rather than subjecting your child to this therapy, you might want to try clathration therapy instead. This therapy involves orally taking an array of glycoproteins which bond to toxins within the body and flush them out.
Before vaccinations existed children frequently died from diseases like the measles. Even more recently a vaccine against the chicken pox was developed to prevent its more dangerous appearance during teen years or adulthood. Vaccination for your child is important to protect them against deadly diseases.
The only vaccine that currently contains thimerosal (a preserving agent made with mercury) is the flu vaccination. Many doctors will push this vaccination upon parents citing some cases where the flu can become deadly. However, it is very important to look up the risks of the preserving agent to decide if protection from the flu is worth the possible dangers.
Last year several new autism studies were completed and advances in understanding of autism was improved to some degree. While many of the studies remain to be retested to see if they have relevance, a lot of these studies saw links between diet and autism symptoms. This doesn’t mean that diet causes the symptoms, but could mean a different diet might improve them.
One large study involving a diverse group of autistic children found that these children had a lot of gastrointestinal symptoms and linked these symptoms to some of the more severe autism symptoms. Another study showed that using probiotics in autistic mice made them more social. More autism research is needed to confirm results, but it sounds like a promising lead.
If you have a child that has autism, then you know how incredibly challenging it can be to live day to day life as you would with a normal child. Behavior issues and challenges in school can plague these children. Of course, traditional medical science hasn’t found a cure for autism yet, so we’re stuck just treating symptoms.
Some people look for holistic remedies instead of following the usual medical path of therapy. Even if you are following the guidelines from normal medical science, you can choose to add a holistic portion to your attempts to help your child. Getting a natural heavy metal detox or creating a yeast free diet are some things to try.
Once a child is diagnosed with autism, parents should start considering many different options when it comes to the education of this child. Since children with autism require more reinforcement and specialized learning techniques, special schools or classrooms may be appropriate. Providing the child with a positive education environment is important.
It is also very important that you educate your friends and family so that they know how to behave around your child. Giving relatives and friends a good autism education can allow them to handle a child’s bad behavior in a way that will help your child more. It will also give them some idea of what to expect and what to not expect from the child.
In the last decade, scientists have been comparing the way that the symptoms of many different disorders could be connected to other disorders. One of the big mysteries is that the symptoms of mercury poisoning and the symptoms of autism are so similar. For the most part, scientists claim that this doesn’t make them the same thing.
However, they don’t seem to have any solid explanation for why mercury poisoning symptoms are easily seen to be similar to those of autism. There of course is the possibility that this is simply a coincidence. However, it seems odd that two medical problems could look so similar, without having some connection.
The exposure to large amounts of mercury can result in some very extreme effects. Usually, people are worried about higher levels of mercury because these cause the most extreme side effects, including problems with breathing and loss of coordination. Smaller levels of exposure are more dangerous to fetuses and small children.
Even when the level of mercury is one that a mother’s body can handle, the fetus of a pregnant woman can be affected. Scientists have discovered many different birth defects mercury poisoning may be the cause of. There are some who wonder whether autism could be a milder effect of mercury poisoning as well.