***Too much evidence is mounting regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and GI disturbances. Please, if you have a child that is on the spectrum, or are worried that you do, do your research and help your child. ASD can be treated through diet: see the GAPS Diet***
Below is part of the Abstract of the article:
Importance Gastrointestinal (GI) comorbidities are frequently described in association with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, the prevalence of GI disturbances and the age at which such problems first appear are unclear, and their specificity for ASD compared with other neurodevelopmental disorders is uncertain.
Objective To compare maternal report of GI symptoms during the first 3 years of life in children with ASD, developmental delay (DD), and typical development (TD).
Conclusions and Relevance In this large prospective cohort, maternally reported GI symptoms are more common and more often persistent during the first 3 years of life in children with ASD than in children with TD or DD.