Autism (or autistic disorder) is a development disorder, affectingchildren. 1 out of 150 children worldwide is affected by this disorder and the firstsymptoms are usually visible before the third year. The main characteristics ofautism are impaired communication and social interaction and repetitivebehavioral patterns.
For the time being, scientists haven’t been able to identifythe cause of autistic disorder, nor to find the cure for it. Parents withautistic children are faced with the hard decision, having to decide whichtreatment is best for their children. Many treatments used so far haven’t beenof much help, and most of them were designed to alleviate some of the symptomsfollowing the actual disorder, such as gastrointestinal problems, irritability,aggression and depression.
Be Careful When Choosing the Treatment
However, there are some guidelines that might be helpful indeciding the treatment, especially if it’s something you found on the Internet.There are no cures for autism and not a single medication or remedy tested sofar hasn’t achieved some dramatic improvement in autistic children. So, it bestto avoid the products claimed to provide amazing and astounding results. Productsdesigned to treat multiple medical conditions or without any specific treatmentgoals should also be kept away from. Do not trust the products that said to have noadverse effects, because that simply can’t be true. No medications ortreatments are 100% free from side effects. Also, look for scientific resultsand studies about the marketed product. If there aren’t any – do not trust thesellers.
What to Avoid
Several treatments are already found to be ineffectiveand/or dangerous for autistic children. Intravenous (IV) immune globulintherapy, chelation therapy, high doses of magnesium and vitamin B6 and casein-freeor gluten-free diets are untested and unproven.
Potential Autism Treatments
Treatments that work for autism exist. The best results wereachieved through the behavioral therapy and use of medications, used together. Thebehavioral intervention was able to teach the children to some language and socialskills, while medications eased other health problems (gastrointestinal, anxiety,depression, etc.).
At the moment, scientists are focused on other possibletreatments for this disorder, such as methyl vitamin B12 or the drug used inAlzheimer’s disease called Namenda. Methyl vitamin B12 was already used in acontrolled drug trial, but the results weren’t conclusive. The aim of the trialwas to improve the language and social skill of autistic children, by improvingaltered biomarkers for oxidative stress.
Other trial included the use of omega 3 fatty acids andfenobam (the drug for another genetic disorder, sometimes also linked toautism), but also some genetic markers and genetic testing in autistic children.