Parents of Autistic Children Turning to Alternative Treatments
[Source: US News and World Report]
By Jenifer Goodwin – HealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) — About one in five children with autism uses alternative treatments to help with the neurodevelopmental disorder, most often a special diet, a new study finds.
Of 1,212 children with an autism spectrum disorder included in the study, about 17 percent were on special diets. More than half of those were on a gluten-free, casein-free diet, which eliminates wheat and dairy products. Other common dietary changes included avoiding processed sugars and taking probiotics, microorganisms found in foods such as yogurt and supplements that may help maintain gut bacterial flora.
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