This is one of the main issues tackled in Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis, which we released earlier this year.
Rachael Rettner via Live Science:
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Children with autism may be more likely to have gastrointestinal problems early in life, compared with children who don’t have the condition, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed information from children in Norway whose mothers had answered questions about their child’s health during infancy and early childhood. The study included 195 children withautism spectrum disorder (ASD); 4,636 children who had other types of developmental delays; and more than 40,000 children with typical development (who did not have autism). Many of the children with autism had been diagnosed after their mothers completed the study survey.
The mothers’ reports showed that children with autism had higher odds of experiencing symptoms such as constipation, food intolerance and food allergies at ages 6 to 18 months than the typically developing children did.