What Are Common Health Problems Associated with ASD?

Children who have autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, have an increased risk for a number of other health problems—many of which may not be obvious in the context of ASD or other developmental disorders. Here we discuss some of the more frequent issues that may be present for families living with ASD.

Sleep disorders

Many children who have ASD have trouble falling asleep at night. This often leads to an irregular sleep schedule, which may exacerbate symptoms of ASD. In some cases, difficulty sleeping is linked to a medical problem such as sleep apnea. If this is the case, the underlying issue should be treated in order to help the child get back to a normal sleep routine. You can also help your child by trying to keep to a consistent bedtime routine, avoiding caffeine and sugar at night, and making sure that your child’s bedroom is quiet and comfortable.

Gastrointestinal distress

Children with ASD may also be prone to chronic stomach and intestinal issues, including diarrhea, acid reflux, recurrent vomiting, and constipation. These may be related to chronic health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease. Children who display signs of gastrointestinal distress should be examined by a gastroenterologist right away. In some cases, a dietary change may resolve the issue.

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. The content is based on the author's personal experiences, research, and opinions. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified professional or expert before making any decisions or taking action based on the information provided in this blog.

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