autism

Help Treat Autism Naturally

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects children all their lives changing their ability to interact with the world around them. People with autism will have difficulty making and keeping friends, participating in everyday activities, and breaking free of their behavioral patterns such as routine. It is a spectrum disorder so it affects different children in different ways; no two children with autism are exactly alike. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help parents know what to look out for.

It is important for parents to remember that they are not responsible for their child becoming autistic. It can be hard for parents to handle having an autistic child because they are often resistant to touch and wrapped up in their own world. Though there is no cure, there are ways to help treat the symptoms and improve the quality of life for both you and your child. Remember to be patient with yourself and your child.

What are the symptoms of Autism?

Autism has many symptoms broken down into different types.

Social Symptoms:

  • Lack of eye contact
  • Lack of facial expressions
  • Lack of social gestures
  • Failure to develop relationships with peers
  • Failure to seek out social interaction
  • Lacks responsiveness
  • Resists physical touch
  • Unaware of other’s emotions
  • Retreats into his or her own world
  • Prefers to play alone rather than with others

Communication Symptoms:

  • Delayed language development
  • Absence of speech
  • Inability to start and sustain conversations
  • Strange use of language
  • Repeats phrases from cartoons and movies frequently
  • Language regression
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Repetition of words and phrases without comprehension
  • Difficulty expressing needs with words

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Violent behavior
  • Eating disorders
  • Mood swings
  • Restricted and repetitive behavior
  • Abnormal interest in activities and interests
  • Obsessive attachment to objects
  • Inflexible
  • Need for routine and rituals
  • Distress when routines and rituals change
  • Stimming
  • Preoccupation with parts of objects
  • Sensitive to loud sounds, bright lights and textures

Other Symptoms:

  • Problems with concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Excessive and unusual sweating
  • Incontinence, including bedwetting
  • Minor seizures
  • Muscle spasms

What causes Autism?

  • It is important to note that autism is not caused by bad parenting and it is not a mental illness. It is a neurological disorder the causes of which are still relatively unknown.
  • Triggers such as problems during pregnancy, traumatic birth, viral infections, environmental exposures to things like chemicals and food allergies have all been linked to autism.
  • Though there is a belief that vaccines may cause autism, this has been repeatedly disproven.

How do I treat Autism?

  • Have your child take melatonin. It helps to regulate circadian rhythms and can help improve behavioral and communication skills.
  • BH4 or tetrahydrobiopterin can help to improve language and social skills.
  • Vitamin C is crucial in helping to prevent scurvy and improves symptoms severity in autistic children.
  • Have your child take a probiotic supplement and consider prebiotics. They help to improve digestion and increase nutrient absorption.
  • Vitamin D helps strengthen nutrient absorption and stops things like leaky gut syndrome.
  • Turmeric helps to control inflammation, kills off bad bacteria and works as an antioxidant.
  • Consider the GFCF (gluten free, casein free) diet. Eliminate all foods that have these ingredients and then slowly add them back one by one, permanently eliminating any foods that cause a recurrence of problems.
  • Carnosine can help improve behavioral symptoms.
  • L-carnitine helps to improve mitochondrial function.
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids help to improve nervous system function, improving reading and spelling skills as well as memory function.
  • Do yoga with your child. It helps to calm, soothe and is a social activity that will help them interact better with others.
  • Look at alternative therapies such as occupational therapy, sensory integration therapy, speech therapy and art therapy to help your child learn how to express themselves properly and function on their own.
  • Be in communication with your child’s teachers and social workers. Help them understand your child.
  • Always discuss any new treatment ideas with your doctor and inform school and social workers of any changes.
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