Early intervention is crucial when it comes to addressing concerns about your child’s development, particularly in cases related to autism. While consulting with a healthcare professional is advisable, you don’t need to wait for an official diagnosis to begin assisting your child. I experienced this firsthand when, around a week before my child’s first birthday, I stumbled upon information about toddler object fixation and recognized early signs of autism. Despite not having a formal diagnosis, I took proactive steps to support my child’s development.
The rise in autism cases is often attributed to a combination of factors, creating a “perfect storm.” These factors include exposure to environmental toxins like heavy metals and pesticides, consumption of processed nutrient-depleted foods, electromagnetic pollution, disruptions to the gut microbiome from antibiotics and surgical births, and the questionable use of certain vaccines. Understanding autism as an epigenetic condition, interventions should focus on rebalancing the body and promoting self-healing.
Initiating Positive Changes:
- Record Keeping:
It’s essential to keep detailed records of your child’s behaviors, changes implemented, and any observed developments. This not only serves as a reference point for progress but also guides future interventions. Establishing a baseline by listing areas of concern and rating their severity is a crucial first step.
- Implement Changes Methodically:
Introduce interventions one at a time, evaluating their tolerance and effectiveness. Whether it’s dietary adjustments, nutritional supplements, herbal therapies, homeopathic remedies, or pharmaceuticals (under professional supervision), a systematic approach helps identify what works best for your child.
- Eliminate Nonfood Items:
Remove empty calories and nonfood items like sugar, corn syrup, artificial additives, and sweeteners from your child’s diet. This step is essential in enhancing overall health and well-being.
- Remove Common Allergens:
Exclude potential problem-causing foods such as gluten, casein, corn, and soy. These are known allergens that may contribute to neurological issues, behavioral challenges, and other symptoms associated with autism.
- Gradual Dietary Shifts:
Transitioning to a new diet, especially for a child on the autistic spectrum, may take time. Slowly replace problematic foods with healthier alternatives, ensuring your child gets adequate nutrition.
- Introduce Basic Supplements:
Once your child has adapted to the dietary changes, consider adding essential supplements such as zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and D, magnesium, and calcium (for those avoiding dairy). These supplements address common deficiencies and support overall health.
Approaching your child’s development as a scientific experiment, methodically implementing changes, and closely monitoring the results will guide you towards effective interventions. Remember, progress may be gradual, but consistent observations and adjustments are key to fostering positive outcomes for your child’s well-being. If overwhelmed, seek professional guidance to navigate this journey successfully.
For an average-sized five-year-old child, the recommended daily supplement doses are as follows:
- Zinc (15-30 mg)
- Cod liver oil (1-2 tsp)
- Vitamin D (2000-5000 Units)
- Magnesium (100-300 mg)
- Vitamin C (500-3000 mg, higher dose for laxative effect if needed)
- Calcium (200-400 mg if dairy-free)
Introduce these supplements one at a time, with a waiting period of 3-7 days before adding the next one. Keep detailed records of any improvements or signs of intolerance. These supplements are crucial for overall health.
While supplementation aims to address nutrient deficiencies with widespread effects, some foundational nutrients may not show immediate symptom improvement but contribute to building a healthier foundation for your child.
- Zinc: Potential improvements in sleep, immune function, skin health, growth, and appetite.
- Cod liver oil: Possible enhancements in eye contact, skin health, immune defenses, and reductions in agitation or hyperactivity.
- Vitamins A and D: Significant importance in immunity, detoxification, and reducing oxidative stress.
- Magnesium: May aid in calming, addressing sound sensitivity, improving sleep, and relieving constipation.
- Calcium: Calming effects, especially beneficial for children pressing on or gouging their eyeballs. Some may require higher doses, up to 2000 mg per day.
Introducing supplements to your child may encounter resistance. Using a medicine syringe, sweetening with juice concentrate, or incorporating supplements into smoothies, sorbets, or food can make the process more manageable.
Introduce Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes:
Probiotics can be beneficial for bowel issues, and recommended products include Probio Gold, Super Pro-Bio, Therbiotic Complete, Custom Probiotics D lactate free, VSL#3, Megasporebiotic, and L.Reuteri Custom Blend. Digestive enzymes, like Jarrow Jarro Zymes, Thorne Dipan, Kirkman DPPIV with Isogest, and Houston TriEnza, can provide relief for abnormal stools, abdominal pain, food intolerance, and difficult behaviors.
Supplements for Specific Conditions:
Consider specific supports based on your child’s symptoms and diet. Address iron deficiency for non-meat eaters, supplement B vitamins and trace minerals for those consuming few fruits and vegetables, and tackle sleep problems with low-dose melatonin.
Children with Constipation Problems:
Constipation can be alleviated with dietary adjustments, probiotics, digestive enzymes, magnesium, vitamin C, beet/carrot juice, and aloe vera. Laxatives may provide temporary relief, but are not a long-term solution.
Methyl B12, B6, B3, and reduced folic acid are commonly used in autism treatment. Methyl B12 injections, in particular, have shown significant improvements. Vitamin B6, combined with magnesium, can benefit around 30% of children.
Folinic Acid and Methyl Folate Usage:
Folinic acid or methyl folate can enhance energy production, neurotransmitter synthesis, myelin production, detoxification, cellular communication, immune function, and gene expression. Active forms of folate may be necessary due to impaired enzyme function. Support with folinic acid or methyl folate is safe and effective.
General Comments Regarding Supplementation:
Children with autism may react unpredictably to interventions, and adverse reactions are generally rare. It is crucial to work with a physician to ensure the proper use of supplements. Autism is complex, and additional interventions, including prescription medications, may be necessary for further improvement.
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and the information provided should not be considered as medical advice. Any content or suggestions offered are based on general knowledge and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, treatment, or advice. Always consult with your primary care physician or qualified healthcare provider for personalized guidance regarding your health. Any reliance on information provided by me is at your own risk, and I disclaim any responsibility for any consequences arising from your use of the information. It is essential to seek professional medical assistance for accurate and individualized healthcare recommendations.
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