My son is non-verbal, struggles with self-injuring himself and others, chronic constipation, and if he's not constipated, he usually has diarrhea. I've recently been looking into starting him on a special diet because I've heard it can help some children with behavior and improve speech. Has anyone`s child had positive results? Negative? Is it worth the change? Should I have him tested for gluten or casein sensitivity? I'm an open book!
And I wouldn't replace with soy. Your dietician will be able to talk to you more about the health side effects of soy, especially for boys and especially with autism.
@A MyAutismTeam Member your knowledge is incredible. We have just upped my son's dose of B12 and within a few days he is stringing 2 syllables together. Which is exciting.
@NicoleNicols - use these few weeks before your appointment to research as much as you can about your son's GH Deficiency & adrenal insufficiency. Go to that appointment armed with questions. Unfortunately you will probably find you will know more & understand more about your son than your doctor will. Once you start looking into Biomedical therapies - Be prepared to view allopathic doctors in a whole new light.
I haven't read all the comments, but we took my son off ALL dairy and noticed a big difference! It takes a full 6 weeks for it to work out of their bodies
We have found that taking the boys off of cow milk (and cow milk based formula), and wheat, help with the runs really well. Even for our other children that aren't on the spectrum - it helps.
Cow milk is terrible for kids under 6 and for many people, it's an issue their whole lives.
Additionally, getting rid of all MSG laden products spun our non-verbal sons into speaking words within days, and sentences within months. Everything that is fake cheese flavored are big culprits of MSG.
Yes. I did the gluten free diet for about 2 weeks. It's expensive but my son did calm down a bit. I can't afford to keep everything gluten free but I really worked on fresh veggies, Omega 3 vitamins, and very lean meat. It's still not cheap but at least this way I'm giving him things that I can feed the rest of the children as well. My son also doesn't drink anything but water. He likes soda thanks to my husband but he only gets it two or three times a year for holidays. It makes him too hyper. I eliminated sugar as much as possible from his diet and that made a great difference. Hope this helps!