I’m sure at some point you’ve heard something about the ‘autism diet’, touted sometimes in such extremes as the miracle cure or a load of crap. As usual, somewhere in the middle is the truth. We can get right down to the science of it later but for right now let’s talk a little more personal.
Now first off, there are a few things that need to be made clear.
This may not be right for your child
You don’t have to go all hardcore about it to start
You can do tests to decide beforehand whether to start
Things will get worse before they get better
So first thing, you need to determine is whether this is right for your child. Take a week and really watch your child, there are a few things you should be watching for. WARNING: this can get a little gross.
Does your child have many, very few, or regular bowel movements?
Does your child rarely have a solid poop?
Does your child’s poop have a very rancid odor, is it very often runny, is it ‘acidy’ – burns the skin on their bottoms?
Does your child’s urine have a very strong smell?
Is your child underweight and/or have a bloated belly? (an example would be, like the children shown on those feed the children infomercials)
Does your child have a limited number of foods they will eat?
Does your child eat an abundance – a lot of or only – these foods; Pasta, milk, cheese, breads, cereal – basically any obvious milk/bread foods – an example would be a child that drinks say 10+ glasses of milk per day and only wants to eat pasta and cheese
If this is your child it would be worth it to give the diet a try. You can work at it slow or go cold turkey, but please remember that your child WILL go through withdrawals. I believe the bigger the cut out, the worse the withdrawal can be. So it could look like doing this is making it worse but please give it some time, this is a good sign. You can start out small and just remove drinking milk and then move on to removing bread and pasta. We did a trial run to know for sure after seeing all the symptoms for our son. After a week of just taking drinking milk out of his diet, he started to look us in the eye again. Not everyone will be this way but the more you take out the more results you will see and seeing is believing.