Autism diagnoses are on the rise. Many people think that the number of autistic children is about the same as it’s always been, but more commonly diagnosed, while others believe that environmental factors that weren’t an issue just a few generations ago are at play. Whatever the reason, we can’t deny that autism is on the rise.
- Signs of autism can begin early. Infants as young as six months have been found to exhibit early signs of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
- The Centers for Disease Control states that one in 88 children is on the autism spectrum. This number is even higher when looking at parental reports.
- Boys are much more likely than girls to have autism. One in 54 boys has ASD, compared to only one in 252 girls.
- There is no cure for autism, but it can be treated. Early identification, combined with education plans, medication and therapy can help.
- Research has shown that there is no link between autism and vaccinations. The risk of not vaccinating children, however, can be fatal.
- About one in four children with autism will go on to develop epilepsy. Children whose language skills regress before the age of three have been found to carry a greater risk of epilepsy.
- Autism is not a parenting failure. Parents who have an autistic child frequently feel as if they’ve done something wrong. This is not true. With the right support, your child can lead a long and healthy life.
Autism can be incredibly difficult for a family to cope with. If your child is autistic, it’s important for you to take the time to care for yourself by eating right, getting enough sleep, learning to manage stress and visiting your chiropractic team regularly.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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