Many of our Foodfacts.com members already know that fiber is an important component of a healthy diet. The official recommendation from the American Heart Association is that both children and adults take in 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed. However, studies show that most kids don’t get enough fiber.
For kids with food allergies and restricted diets, it can be especially difficult to consume sufficient dietary fiber, so it’s important to find allergy-safe sources. Some examples of fiber-rich foods that are unlikely to be allergenic are apples, pears, melons, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, green beans, pumpkin and zucchini.
The addition of prebiotic fiber helps children with restricted diets meet their daily fiber requirements safely. Additionally, prebiotics are a special kind of fiber that nourishes the friendly bacteria present in the gut and helps support a healthy digestive tract.
Meanwhile, there are several supplements that children suffering from autism are routinely lacking at the proper levels. They include calcium, zinc, vitamins C and E, cod liver oil, varied amino acids, selenium, magnesium, taurine, and essential fatty acids. When you begin to give your child supplements it is better to slowly work them in at a steady pace. It is also very important to pay attention to the effects the supplements are having on your child and document any behavior changes that you notice. This is information that you will want to provide to your doctor.
It will be hard to miss the changes that a dietary change and the implementation of supplements will bring about in your child. Potentially, the severity of your child’s behaviors
can be reduced, and they may also improve in the area of social interaction. You will also want to keep track of any negative changes your child may go through. If they are having negative experiences, you will want to stop or reduce the amount of that particular supplement. Do yourself a favor and buy supplements in small amounts at first. It doesn’t make sense to buy in bulk and then be stuck with supplements that your child can’t use. Unfortunately, you will go through a lot of trial and error before finding the right combination of proper diet and supplements for your autistic child. There just aren’t any shortcuts.
If you decide that your child’s diet needs additional supplements, you will need to add them in a slow and controlled way. Your doctor will be able to help you put together a plan that will ultimately help your child become more successful, which will include frequent testing. Choosing to manage your child’s autism symptoms with supplement treatments is a process that shouldn’t be rushed. It will take time, but more often than not the results will be worth it.