Home Remedies For Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
From the Treasury of Granny –26
Autism Spectrum Disorders or ASD are a range of complex lifelong disabilities that affect the person with a communication disorder and also the people around them. ASD is in fact 3 common diseases:
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder
- Asperger’s Disorder
The children with ASD can’t interact with others socially, they have problem with communication with others. They have lack of imagination.
Autism --- Diagnosis
Autism has not any medical test. The diagnosis is determined by a team of specialists through observations and testing the child and also by interviewing the child and their parents and guardians. Diagnosis of ASD is often made between 18 months and 3 years.
Causes of ASD
There are a number of theories regarding the causes of Autism. However, the doctors and scientists have not reached at any single conclusion regarding the cause of this disorder. As a result, no cure has been found to this disease.
It has been found that the children suffering from this disorder have certain selective eating behavior at different developmental stages. The diet may be restricted to 2 or 3 foods. They find it very difficult to accept any new food. As a result, they might suffer from nutrition deficiency.
Following are the feeding concerns among autistic children:
- Continually eating instead of periodic eating.
- Difficulty in accepting new types of foods.
- Restricted intake due to colour or packaging of food.
It must be understood that changes in dietary intake is generally a slow process. The modification of any sort of behavior should be specific according to each individual child and family situation.
Home Remedies and Diet For ASD Children:
Bone Broth: It has lots of amino acids and minerals that can be quite helpful in improving the health of gut. It also increases immune system. A leaky gut is one of the most of the common causes of Autism.
Gluten-free Food: Gluten is a naturally found protein in grains like barley, wheat, rye, It is very helpful for health. However, it has some bad effects also. It can weaken immune system and cause intestinal damage. Thus in this way it is very harmful for the children suffering with Autism.
Deep Pressure: It is very difficult for patients suffering from Autism to remain calm. However, deep pressure with pillow or cushion can help the individual to calm down and relax.
Probiotic Foods: Certain probiotic foods such as yogurt, buttermilk, certain types of cheese, etc. are very beneficial for the person suffering from Autism. The major cause of Autism is indigestion. Probiotic foods have healthy bacteria which are known to have a very positive effect in reducing the symptoms of Autism.
Omega—3 Fatty Acids: Foods containing Omega – 3 fatty acids are very beneficial in the development of brain functions. Examples of some of the foods are canola oil, shell fish, Brussels sprouts, walnuts, algal oil (oil from algae), flax, guavas, avocadoes, etc. Autism slows down the brain functions. Foods rich in Omega – 3 fatty acids can help in better development.
Good Sleep: Due to Autism there can be imbalance in hormones as a result there are sleeping problems. This might lead to irritability and underdevelopment of brain functions. Therefore, good sleep is necessary for Autism patients.
People with Autism need proper care and affection. Some children can become self-dependent and learn to speak and do other works almost like a normal adult; however some other can never learn to speak and do their day to day work even after growing adults. However, in any case diet is very important for the children suffering from Autism. Any change in diet should be done with care and it should be done only under the guidance of qualified dietician.