Gluten free diet for children with autism. Some information
December 19, 2018
Many parents of children with autism are suggested a GFCF, or Gluten-Free Casein-Free diet that excludes gluten proteins and casein. Today we will share some more information about this diet is all about.
Gluten proteins are found in mostly in wheat, barley, and rye. Casein is mostly present in milk and dairy products.
Although a gluten free diet is often recommended for children with autism, there is a not a lot of proof supporting its benefits.
The gluten free diet was initially created for people who are allergic to gluten in their diet. The condition is called celiac disease. Similarly some people, are allergic to casein and are advised to stay away from the consumption of dairy products.
Some experts say that gluten can cause anxiety, mood abnormalities, mental difficulties and even worsen the behavioral symptoms of autism.Again, there is not a lot of scientific proof to support this. However, in some cases, when a child with autism has Gastrointestinal Disorders (GI), a lighter, gluten free diet has been found to provide relief, as Chennai mom found in the case of her son.
Most children with autism have allergies, digestive, gut related issues and need to be given their food with care. My son had severe digestive problems and got much relief after the GFCF diet was started a few years ago. There are a lot of gluten free healthy options available that parents can add to the child's diet. Apart from better digestion, I noticed improvement in my son's behavior with the diet. Gayathri Sridhar, Autism parent
Children with ASD very often have eating disorders and a weak digestive system. They are also very prone to GI problems such as diarrhea, constipation. Some parents have found that a gluten free diet helps overcome the GI issues and the child seems to have an improved digestion.
It is advisable to start a diet only after a talk with your child's doctor. Parents should also keep a close eye on the child's physical and mental response to the diet.
It is also better to get an understanding about what the diet may result in. It may help in easing the digestive issues for some children with ASD, and not have any other impact on the child's behavior.
Another parent, Uma Prasad says she is mindful about what she gives her son as he has digestion issues.
"My son had severe constipation since the age of two and had health issue for many years because of that. It only got better after I started the GFCF diet and became more particular about his diet. It is important to know the foods and substances that a child with autism is allergic to. Apart from gluten, dairy products, I also avoid sugars and some veggies as my child is unable to digest them."
The views are many so do consult an expert before deciding on whether or not to opt for this diet.
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