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How To Have A More
Balanced Autism Diet

By Rachel Evans

Many children who have autism are deemed to be picky eaters. Though this might just seem like another behavioral problem, the truth is that there are many reasons why this might happen.

Some medical problems could be the root cause of the fussy eating, but it might mean talking and working with a doctor to get these children to eat a good autism diet so that they remain strong.

Sometimes the reasons are very simple, but that does not mean they are easily corrected. When a child has problems eating enough of the right foods, it is important to keep trying to get them to eat what will make them feel better.

Some picky eaters have problems simply because they aren’t hungry. Though there might be times when this is natural, it usually happens when a child is on some type of medication.

Autistic children can also have ADHD symptoms and be taking medication to suppress behavior or they might be on medications like antibiotics. These can both have the side effect of a suppressed appetite.

When a child is taking these, and won’t eat, it might be a good idea to see if there is an alternative that might not have such an affect on hunger.

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Children with autism can also have problems with their digestive system. If they have acid reflux, or a history of diarrhea, constipation, gas problems, or any other type of digestive upset, this might be why they are not eating.

If the foods cause pain or discomfort, and an overly uncomfortable feeling of fullness when they eat, they might resist eating to avoid that feeling. If they experience pain after eating, they may associate that feeling with food and won’t eat. In this case, acid reflux medication might help, or anything that contains ginger might help with soothe some of the pain. A doctor may have more advice on this as well.

Some children don’t have a medical issue when it comes to eating, but the problem is something that is related to the mouth. Those with poor motor skills might have problems getting the food to their mouth, or they may choke when trying to swallow. This turns them off from eating.

They might also have hypersensitive reactions to the textures of some foods, and they may only eat what feels good in the mouth. Those with poor motor skills will benefit from oral-motor therapy that helps them with chewing and swallowing. A child might have a better time eating if they use a straw for liquids or if there is a way to desensitize their mouth before they eat.

Keep reading to sign up for the free Autism newsletter that addresses the signs and symptoms of autism and discover natural treatment options available, as well as more information on the link between diet and autism.

A concerned parent should talk to a doctor about their child and autism diet problems. They may have suggestions and may be able to switch out medications to find ones that won’t cause a child to lose his or her appetite. If something like acid reflux is the problem there maybe a medication to help with that.

A doctor may also be able to suggest ways to supplement the diet to ensure your child is getting the correct nutritional intake. There are many supplements on the market that can help a child regain dietary balance, but it is important to find out from a medical professional what is best for your child first.

About the author - Rachel Evans. For information and to signup for a Free Newsletter about Autism please visit The Essential Guide to Autism