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Question?: Angry Autistic Child

William asks…

How should I go about getting answers from our pediatrician?

I have three kids. Ages 6 yrs, 3 yrs, and 18 months. Our pediatrician has prescribed Polyethylene Glycol for two of my three kids for long term programs. Polyethylene Glycol, otherwise known as PEG’s or MiraLax, is a laxative made from linking longer strands of Ethylene Glycol together. Alone, Ethelyne Glycol is a very toxic chemical. In 2001 the F.D.A passed it’s use for ages 17 and up for up to 7 days. Since then, the F.D.A.’s adverse reports have said that PEG’s cause numerous issues in children including kidney failure, heart disease, and nueropsychiatric events such as autism, alzheimers, schizophrenia, and dementia. I was never told any of this and the pediatricians still prescribed programs containing over 17 mgs of this poison to my children every day. WITHOUT TESTING TO FIND A DIAGNOSIS. I am extremely angry and seriously considering lawsuits. My 6 yr old is autistic btw. I’m not giving them this chemical again, but, I need to somehow talk the pediatrician into doing his damn job and finding the problem. Any suggestions?
Point of reference that PEG’s are NOT approved for long term use….
http://www.gutsense.org/gutsense/the-role-of-miralax-laxative-in-autism-dementia-alzheimer.html
Thank you Shea. The symptoms are fecal impaction associated with autism. A huge hurtle for people with ASD’s is sensory impairments. My son can’t handle a lot of foods and hates water. My daughter was 6 wks old when she was prescribed MiraLax for constipation associated with hard dry stools. She was breastfed and I changed my diet drastically to try to correct the problem.

admin answers:

You need to ask for a pediatric GI consult. Pediatricians shouldn’t be prescribing long term GI treatment without a GI specialist’s input.

However, Miralax has been approved in long term treatment of certain bowel problems, and I have a son who’s been on it for years and will continue to be. So it’s not totally out of the question, but you do need someone who is familiar with the problem (and an actual diagnosis) and how to treat it, not a regular pediatrician who doesn’t specialist in it.

If the pediatrician won’t refer you, get a new pediatrician.

Eta – Again, I urge you to see a pediatric GI specialist. As I said, FOR CERTAIN PROBLEMS they have been approved. I’m not saying you have to remain on it, that’s why you should see a specialist, they will give you other forms of treatment if you like. I do appreciate your link and input, but believe me, this is something I have researched to exhaustion and am comfortable with my son’s treatment.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms Toddler Boys

John asks…

Could my 2 yr old son have autism?

I have a 2 yr old boy an he doesent talk yet, well nothing pastt mama baba. He throws servere tantrems sometimes I dont even know why he is so upset. he loves to run and seems completly absessed with cars but thats really all he plays with he shows little intrest in other toys. when he watches tv its like he gets sucked into it and cant take his gaze off. Most of the time when i speak to him he aks like he cant hear me and continues what he is doing and if i interupt him he starts screamng. I have never seen any other children his age throw tantrums as often and the way he does, he will throw hisself on the floor an sometimes he hurts hisself doing this. He had a really bad fibril sezure when he was one and has had 2 very small ones since. but i am really getting concerned because of his behavior and speech problems.
Yes my son has had his hearing tested. i also read that many autistic kids have servere allergies and bowel problems. my son is allerigic to milk products. and was also diagnosed with the childhood form of irritable bowel. as far as communication, well evey morning when we get up i have to pick him up so he can look to see what he wants then he either points or grabs what he wants. he turned two on june2 i dont plan on having him tested untill he is at least 3. i dont want to jump to conclushions. but alot of friends and family have sudgested i have him checked for autism

admin answers:

Characteristics

Autism is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than one single symptom. The main characteristics are impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, restricted interests and repetitive behavior. Other aspects, such as atypical eating, are also common but are not essential for diagnosis.[19]

[edit] Social development

Autistic people have social impairments and often lack the intuition about others that many people take for granted. Noted autistic Temple Grandin described her inability to understand the social communication of neurotypicals as leaving her feeling “like an anthropologist on Mars”.[20]

Social impairments become apparent early in childhood and continue through adulthood. Autistic infants show less attention to social stimuli, smile and look at others less often, and respond less to their own name. Autistic toddlers have more striking social deviance; for example, they have less eye contact and anticipatory postures and are less likely to use another person’s hand or body as a tool.[18] Three- to five-year-old autistic children are less likely to exhibit social understanding, approach others spontaneously, imitate and respond to emotions, communicate nonverbally, and take turns with others. However, they do form attachments to their primary caregivers.[21] They display moderately less attachment security than usual, although this feature disappears in children with higher mental development or less severe ASD.[22] Older children and adults with ASD perform worse on tests of face and emotion recognition.[23]

Contrary to common belief, autistic children do not prefer to be alone. Making and maintaining friendships often proves to be difficult for those with autism. For them, the quality of friendships, not the number of friends, predicts how lonely they are.[24]

There are many anecdotal reports, but few systematic studies, of aggression and violence in individuals with ASD. The limited data suggest that in children with mental retardation, autism is associated with aggression, destruction of property, and tantrums. Dominick et al. Interviewed the parents of 67 children with ASD and reported that about two-thirds of the children had periods of severe tantrums and about one third had a history of aggression, with tantrums significantly more common than in children with a history of language impairment.[25]

[edit] Communication

About a third to a half of individuals with autism do not develop enough natural speech to meet their daily communication needs.[26] Differences in communication may be present from the first year of life, and may include delayed onset of babbling, unusual gestures, diminished responsiveness, and the desynchronization of vocal patterns with the caregiver. In the second and third years, autistic children have less frequent and less diverse babbling, consonants, words, and word combinations; their gestures are less often integrated with words. Autistic children are less likely to make requests or share experiences, and are more likely to simply repeat others’ words (echolalia)[17][27] or reverse pronouns.[28] Autistic children may have difficulty with imaginative play and with developing symbols into language.[17][27] They are more likely to have problems understanding pointing; for example, they may look at a pointing hand instead of the pointed-at object.[18][27]

In a pair of studies, high-functioning autistic children aged 8–15 performed equally well, and adults better than individually matched controls at basic language tasks involving vocabulary and spelling. Both autistic groups performed worse than controls at complex language tasks such as figurative language, comprehension and inference. As people are often sized up initially from their basic language skills, these studies suggest that people speaking to autistic individuals are more likely to overestimate what their audience comprehends

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