Saturday, February 9, 2013

Don't Overlook Eating Issues Tied to Autism, Study Warns

SATURDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism are five times more likely than other kids to have feeding issues, such as being especially picky eaters or having ritualistic behaviors or extreme tantrums during meals, new research finds.
These problems can lead to deficiencies in calcium, protein and other nutrients, according to the study, which was published online this month in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Healthy eating promotes a child's growth and development, and mealtimes provide important opportunities for children to socialize, the researchers noted. Chronic feeding troubles increase a child's risk for problems such as malnutrition, poor growth, social difficulties and poor school performance.
The researchers added that there is growing evidence that feeding problems and dietary patterns among children with autism may put them at increased risk for long-term health problems such as poor bone growth, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

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1 comment:

  1. We have started working with a holistic doctor to help our son. It is basically going to involve all of us making changes, which we are willing to do.
    We are slowly doing this, going gluten free, wheat free, and also have started to give doses of Fish oil, which is very healthy for the brain. It is hard to get them to try new things, but he seems to understand that we are trying to help him feel better.

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