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Learning more about the best nutrition for autistic children can help manage symptoms.

Learning more about the best nutrition for autistic children can help manage symptoms.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new figures regarding the prevalence of autism in the United States. According to the latest statistics, one in 50 infants born across the country each year fall somewhere on the spectrum, highlighting the need for increased awareness regarding the best nutrition with children with autism. Recently, certified dietary expert Julie Matthews reviewed this topic at an informational forum in Australia.

According to the Sunshine Coast Daily, a regional news outlet in the country, over 80 parents and physicians were in attendance for the session, which took place at the Innovation Centre at Sippy Downs on June 2. During the forum, Matthews covered a few basics regarding the dietary needs and limitations of children with down syndrome, and how choices regarding their nutrient intake could affect their condition overall.

“Cutting processed food and nasty additives from a child’s diet is sometimes all that is needed to help them improve, both mentally and physically,” Matthews explained, noting that “milk, dairy products and wheat products can also be harmful to these children because of the compounds they produce in the body.”

These compounds, Matthews stated, can aggravate certain behavioral symptoms among kids with autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other conditions.

Of course, before making any substantial alterations to a child’s diet, it is important to consult a medical professional or licensed nutritionist to ensure that your love one’s needs are fully met.