Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Feeding Difficulties and Autism

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders has published an analysis of the research related to feeding problems and autism.  The review indicated the following:
  • significantly more feeding problems in children with autism versus their peers
  • examination of dietary nutrients showed significantly lower intake of calcium and protein in children with autism
The researchers recommend that children with autism should receive:
  • screenings for feeding concerns and nutritional deficits/excesses 
  • measurements of gross anthropometric parameters as part of routine medical evaluations
  • healthcare providers who review the potential consequences of pursuing an elimination diet taking into account the child's unique feeding and nutritional presentation.
Reference:  Emory University (2013, February 4). Children with autism at significant risk for feeding problems and nutritional deficits. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 19, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2013/02/130204184625.htm

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