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What are alternative treatments for children with autism?

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These might include vitamin treatments, changes in diet, and a procedure called "chelation" that attempts to remove heavy metals from the blood. Although many parents insist these types of treatment work, there's no scientific proof that they help children with autism. Chelation, in particular, is dangerous and should be avoided. Deaths have been associated with this type of therapy. You should always talk about any alternative treatments with your doctor before you try them.

From: Parenting a Child With Autism WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Autism Fact Sheet." National Mental Health Information Center: "Children and Adolescents with Autism." National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Autism Overview: What We Know" and "Autism research at the NICHD." National Institutes of Health: "Gene linked to autism in families with more than one affected child."  Centers for Disease Control: "Vaccines and Autism: Important Conclusions from the Institute of Medicine."




Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Autism Fact Sheet." National Mental Health Information Center: "Children and Adolescents with Autism." National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Autism Overview: What We Know" and "Autism research at the NICHD." National Institutes of Health: "Gene linked to autism in families with more than one affected child."  Centers for Disease Control: "Vaccines and Autism: Important Conclusions from the Institute of Medicine."




Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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