Kids With Autism Are More Likely To Have Gastrointestinal Problems

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By: Rachael Rettner Published: 03/30/2015 LiveScience

Autistic Kids Have Higher Incidence of GI Symptoms

According to data published in the March 25 issue of the psychiatric journal JAMA, children with autism are more likely to have gastrointestinal problems from 6-13 months, compared with children who don’t have the condition as well as those with other developmental disorders. They also had higher odds of experiencing constipation from 13 mos. to 3 years. The reasons for this GI difference remains unknown.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, the increased incidence of GI disturbances in ASD had long been observed and reported. However, the many possible reasons for these findings remain unknown. Hopefully, future research clarifying these ASD-related findings will lead to valuable insights into this heretofore mystifying disorder. Some have justifiable suggested that treating these GI symptoms will result in overall improvements. Similarly, treating their overlapping dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia…as previously noted by me results in significant benefits.

About Dr. Harold Levinson
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:

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