Autism and Gluten Allergy

Lori - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Has anyone heard of a relationship between Autism and an allergy to gluten? My 13 year old daughter has been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, as well as attentional problems and autistic "tendencies." Last spring she had some blood work done which stated that she has an allergy to gluten. We tried a gluten free diet for just over a month (and it sucked!!!), but I didn't notice any significant changes in her. She was never complaining about stomach discomfort, and she actually WAS complaining about the horrible diet. Bread is one of her favorite foods. So we quit the diet and haven't worried about it. But I recently heard from a friend of mine that there is a link between autism and gluten. I'm wondering if this is something I should reconsider.

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Kathleen - posted on 01/28/2009

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Lori,



I have my son on a gf/cf diet no milk no gluten.  it can take over a year to remove all of the side effects of gluten on a system.  if she isn't allergic to soy or rice or corn try corn pasta and try kinicknick (sp?) bread it is pretty tasty.  it is very hard to remove all sources of gluten if she has celiac's she might be able to tolerate oats, but it is very individual to each person.  Also try Food for Life bread it is more like whole grain bread just make sure it is gluten free variety.  if you have questions I would be happy to give you some direction.  and Yes my son is on the diet because he has PDD-NOS (on the autism spectrum) just by removing those foods we changed his diagnosis from Autism Mild to Moderate down to PDD_NOS.  

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Kathleen - posted on 01/28/2009

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Lori,



I have my son on a gf/cf diet no milk no gluten.  it can take over a year to remove all of the side effects of gluten on a system.  if she isn't allergic to soy or rice or corn try corn pasta and try kinicknick (sp?) bread it is pretty tasty.  it is very hard to remove all sources of gluten if she has celiac's she might be able to tolerate oats, but it is very individual to each person.  Also try Food for Life bread it is more like whole grain bread just make sure it is gluten free variety.  if you have questions I would be happy to give you some direction.  and Yes my son is on the diet because he has PDD-NOS (on the autism spectrum) just by removing those foods we changed his diagnosis from Autism Mild to Moderate down to PDD_NOS.  

Awdanis - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi Lori,



for many children in the spectrum there is a link between all things gluten and/or milk and autism.  That's why parents put them on the gluten free diet.  I don't know what else your dr. told you, but if she HAS an allergy to gluten that means that she is not digesting that particular protein properly.  When my son was diagnosed with autism I did all the research on the gluten free/casein free diet and tried it.  It turned out that he could not tolerate milk products.  I also read about celiac sprue disease, which is what connects the gluten factor.  I hope this helps.   

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