Hi, I am the mother of a three year old little boy with autism. Every since my little boy was a year old, he has had very frequent and lose bowels. My little boy does drink alot but, I dilute any juices half and half and try to give him water as much as possible. He also has a limited diet of chicken nuggets, fries, fruit snacks, pizza, oatmeal, pb and J, bannanas, and waffles. I guess what I am trying to say is, he won't try anything new and he doesn't eat veggies and only bannanas for fruit. About once a week his bowels get pretty bad and during the school year the teacher had to call me a few times to bring more clothes. I read that children with autism often have gastro problems but, I talked to his pcp about it and she says it's problems with constapation and not diaherria that they usually have but, she is going to take some samples. I haven't had a chance to talk to his nuerologist about this because, we don't see her for another month. Is his pcp right because, for what I read she isn't?!?!? Also, he just got where he is only sleeping a few hours, what can I do to help him and I rest???
Since the last post we have gotten the stool sample results back and my little boy was diagnosed with malabsorption.(his pancrease isn't absorbing fat properly) He is now going through a series of testing and his doctor is worried because, the leading cause for malabsorption in the US is cystic fibrosis. My poor little boy has been through so much that he doesn't deserve. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Please talk to a registered nutritionist, one who works with autistic folks especially, if there's one near you. The intestinal tract has an incredible ability to heal itself so don't despair! And READ Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions by Karen DeFelice. Buy the book now. Order it from Amazon. I believe the right digestive enzyme supplement will help heal your child more quickly.Specific nutrients are essential and healing to the gut, and although finding your child's specific nutritional needs is important, a digestive enzyme product such as Zyme Prime or Peptizyde can start helping him right now. These products have been described by some people as "miraculous". My son is not autistic, but had many conditions sometimes associated with autism, including malabsorption. I don't normally go around plugging products, but I have learned a lot since my son got sick, and I believe in the healing power of digestive enzymes (also slippery elm, but that's another story). DO call a nutritionist . Mine was a GREAT help to my son. Oh, one more thing. DIGESTIVE ENZYMES, DIGESTIVE ENZYMES, DIGESTIVE ENZYMES! Whew! OK, I feel better now.
I have an autistic son too and he was also having extremely runny nappies and not sleeping much until I took him of Gluten, Casien (the protein in milk so no milk products)and Soy. Oats irritates his gastro intestinal tract so please take him off that.
My son sleeps like a baby now and has solid stools. Try the GFCFSF diet and buy the Orgran products (he can still have waffels and bread etc just gluten and casien free) It made the world of difference to my son. The cramps are coming from the Gluten and so is his IBS. Trust me I am 100% certain.
I have a son who is 7 and in school who has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. He is still in diapers and he, too, has multiple bowel movements in 1 day. He has says he cannot feel when he goes poop and when we ask him if he has a dirty diaper he says he doesn't know. He could just wear the same soiled diaper or underwear all day long. He is chronically constipated and if we do a clean-out at home he just goes right back to being constipated. He also has "leaking episodes". He has not been diagnosed with autism but sometimes I wonder. His Gastroenterologist doesn't know what else to do. She is sending us to a "Motility" specialist to see what they find. And we are also going to start seeing a therapist. I have read a lot on Glutten/Diary Free and I wonder if that's the direction we should be headed, but I know I will not find a medical doctor who agrees. His Gastro doctor sure doesn't think it's his diet, but yet, she doesn't have any answers. Does anyone have any advice?