Autism is a word that brings much sadness to a parent when told that their child presents with the symptoms.
Grandparents please be on the lookout for symptoms. Especially if you by chance are a "nanny" to your grandchild like so many grandmothers and even grandfathers are these days.
In the profession I was in, I encountered cases of autism in children. In the beginning it was a rare issue concerning childhood disabilities. By the time I left the profession 38 years later, autism cases were a regular issue. I began to wonder throughout the years on the job "what was going on?" It seemed like an epidemic!
I later discovered that other conditions had been added to the mix and called "Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) which is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior" even mental retardation is included.
The latest statistics show that 1 in 88 to 1 in 110 children have been diagnosed with Autism.
But it appears that too many conditions were added to the autism category. There is a possibility that it will be modified.
Apparently medical studies think that the number is too high and plan to re-asses the diagnosis.
My friend has a niece who was five years of age when she became autistic. Before the diagnosis, she was happy, bright and social. Then practically overnight she changed!
I found out that this is rare but cases have been found where a child suddenly deteriorates between the ages of 3 to 10 years and show marked autistic behaviors.
After seeing the doctor it was determined that she was autistic, cause, unknown.
How shocking and befuddling was that? No explanation could be given as to why or how this occurred.
Autism appears to be a genetic brain disease. I heard that pregnant women can now know if their baby is at risk.
It was also stated that women avoid taking Valproic acid (a chemical compound and an acid that has found clinical use as an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, primarily in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and, less commonly, major depression. It is also used to treat migraine headaches and schizophrenia) or Thalidomide. I thought this was banned? Found out that research is ongoing in its use to treat cancers and autoimmune conditions, although its use is controversial.
Here is a tidbit of information regarding a suspected cause of autism.
SCIENTIFIC PROOF: MILK CAUSES AUTISM & ADD
Florida researcher, Robert Cade, M.D., and his colleagues have identified a milk protein, casomorphin, as the probable cause of attention deficit disorder and autism. They found Beta-casomorphin-7 in high concentrations in the blood and urine of patients with either schizophrenia or autism.
Visit - notmilk.com click on Autism for the full report. This gives one cause to ponder.
How do you know or suspect if your child could be autistic? According to the CDC, you can begin to notice as early as nine months of age. The CDC has a list of markers that present at specific ages of a child that are warning signs and for you to present to your child's doctor.
How is this illness treated? There is no magical pill. Treatment varies depending on the category of autism that the child fits into. And of course like many of our modern diseases, there is no cure.
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