Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Trouble with Food Trials
Don't get me wrong, the feeding tube is a miracle that saved her life, got her back on the growth chart and put enough weight on her to help her look like any other kid a year or so younger than she actually is (rather than a survivor of famine), and for all of that I will forever be grateful. But now that she is going into kindergarden NEXT WEEK (pardon the capitals but I'm kind of freaking out) I want to get her to the point where she can sit down and eat lunch with the other kids instead of needing to be hooked up to the feeding tube.
Just to clarify: I do not believe that changes in diet in any way 'cure' autism. However, I do believe that if a child has a condition like Lu's EE that causes pain which the child is unable to express verbally, and changing the diet removes that pain, then I do believe that it can affect some of the behavioral characteristics associated with autism. Thanks for hearing me out on that one.