Some people with autism are reported to suffer from gastro-intestinal problems. For example, they may have stomach aches more often than most people. Or they may suffer from constipation or diarrhoea.
There are various theories about what causes GI problems in people with autism, some of them highly controversial and disputed. For example, some people believe GI problems may cause the symptoms of autism.
GI problems in people with autism may lead to other problems, such as malnutrition and skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
There are some interventions that are designed to relieve GI problems and reduce the symptoms of autism at the same time. However there is currently no scientifically and valid evidence to show that these interventions can reduce the symptoms of autism.
Please see the Advanced version of this page for more information about this issue, including relevant research studies and interventions which may help.
Last Updated : 20/04/2013 Back to Top