Monday, 12 August 2019

Should A Child With Autism Placed On A GFCF Diet?

Some medications and nutritional factors contain allergies that result in dire consequences for children having autism. As some of the symptoms of autism are related to the gastrointestinal tract and behavioral factors such as problematic
dietary/feeding behaviors and sensory processing difficulties. Parents must approach registered dieticians for an autism diet plan to treat the nutritional practices of their children as they are prone to be more 'problematic' than other children.
Many children with autism or autism spectrum disorder have gastrointestinal problems such as acid reflux, problematic nutrient absorption, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.
These problems give rise to behavioral issues, including sleep disturbance, irritability, or self-injury. As behavioral symptoms are recognizable signs, the underlying gut problem often goes undiagnosed. 
Does treating gut disorder improve autism symptoms?
Parents often treat gut problems such as abdominal pain and blotting with medications and probiotic supplements. Although it may help in easing the
inflammation levels for a short period of time, they do not provide a permanent effect on the child’s behavior. Treating the microbial imbalance of the
gut by generally improving the quality of the child’s diet through a perfectly chalked-out diet plan for autism, is the best way to treat the gut issue.


Elimination of gluten and casein products from an autism diet plan eases gut irritations. Experienced dieticians or nutritionists ask parents to follow a
strict elimination diet containing gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye. Casein found in milk and milk products are also removed from food consumption.
Children with autism exhibit allergy or a high level of sensitivity to foodstuffs containing gluten and casein. According to the dieticians, people with autism process peptides and proteins (differently than other people)
when they consume food having gluten and casein. Gluten and casein when completely eliminated present improved behavior, better sleep, less hyperactivity in children with autism within a few months.
Discussion with a dietician
It is highly advisable to discuss an autism diet plan with doctors who are familiar with ‘gluten and casein-free’ diet. These dieticians understand the
restrictions involved with a child’s health/neurological conditions and nutritive needs. A licensed and experienced dietician educates the parents and
caregivers about the GFCF diet and tailors a diet to suit the child's needs and taste preferences. So, work with a registered dietician or nutritionist
before making changes in the diet plan.
Autism Connect provide the below given helpful link to connect parents with a known dietician in their vicinity:
Thus, the idea behind the use of gluten and casein-free diet for autism is to reduce symptoms and develop speech, social and cognitive skill

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