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Digestive Problems More Common in Autism

Date Published: 
December 23, 2013

A recent study found that children with autism have constipation, diarrhea and sensitivity to foods six to eight time more frequently than typically-developing children. Those gastrointestinal (GI) problems are related to social withdrawal, irritability and repetitive behaviors that are common to autism, researchers said. Researchers at UC Davis MIND Institute completed the study, “Gastrointestinal Problems in Children with Autism, Developmental Delays or Typical Development,” which was published online recently in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

The research involved almost 1,000 young children enrolled in the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) Study in California from 2003 to 2011. The study involved an ethically and racially diverse population. Back to News.