Proper Food For Children With Autism?
Hello doctor .. r nI have an 8-year-old Autism child .. His name is Kevin .. Since the age of 2 years have joined therapy .. But when he was 3 years old his mother was called by God .. r nActually we have long think about therapy But don’t go on a diet .. Only now at this therapy place are you taught diet. r nWhat I want to ask doctors what foods are allowed and shouldn’t be … Because when reading google it gets confused .. Some say food is sourced from the sea must not be from freshwater rivers .. Catfish must also not be consumed .. r nOr noes must also not be .. r n r nKeeping the type of beans he said also may not be r nMango fruit he said it can’t be … because it contains copper … r n r nIf it is spinach, is it possible … r n r nSorry, doctors ask a lot …
Hello, Doni Wanda Sipayung, thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.
In children with autism, some disorders of the digestive tract often occur, for example chronic diarrhea (in a long time), bloating, stomach acid disease, and constipation. Other conditions that often occur in children with autism are food allergies, food intolerance, and eating disorders. These conditions make children experience impaired absorption of food to nutritional deficiencies. Most autism children also often become very "choosy" in terms of food so that it can make children not get balanced nutrition.
Diets that are famous for autism such as Gluten Free Casein Free (GFCF). The essence of this diet is to limit / not consume food / drinks that contain gluten (protein in wheat) and casein (protein in milk). Some children with autism have improved symptoms with GFCF, based on the theory of stomach-brain disorders. In addition, if the child has an allergy or the parent has a history of allergies, you should avoid foods that often make allergies such as eggs, fish, seafood (seafood), and nuts.
One of the goals of the diet is to keep the child in a healthy digestive system so as to get adequate nutrition. The recommended foods are foods that are healthy, natural (for example, do not contain preservatives, artificial chemicals, MSG, etc.) because natural foods have fewer poisons so the food is easier to digest.
For this reason, you can consult your nutritionist and pediatrician about foods that are suitable for your child's condition. Physical examination will be carried out, starting from body weight, height, digestive system, and overall body system so that a suitable diet can be found for his condition.
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