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Our Family's Journey Into Autism

Updated on January 20, 2011

What is Wrong With My Baby

Those initial days, when your parent radar is going berzerk, and there are red flags waving everywhere, it is hard to ask yourself "Is this autism?". In some regards, it is almost as bad as hearing the word cancer. There is no cure for autism, and some care givers give little or no hope at the prospects of a future. There is a looming void of a future for your child full of uncertainties.

My first glimpse of autism came when my child was around 16 months old. My normally energetic and happy boy became spaced out and refused to look at me. I could scream his name and never get a response. All of the sweet smiles and giggles had turned into a stone faced statue of my baby. Those first words were gone, replaced by an incessant hum and gutteral sounds. I can not begin to describe the panic, helplessness. I became obessed with "what can I do?!"

After turning to our pediatrician, we realized that we were the only ones who saw the problems with our son. His doctor told us to wait and see. We were told "Even if he is autistic, there is nothing we can do."

What parents need to know is that there is help. There are protocols and treatments that raise the quality of life and in some cases reduce the autistic tendencies to the point of total independence. It is important to get your child diagnosed as soon as possible and begin treatment as soon as possible.

Gluten Free Casein Free

One of the most important steps we took was starting the gluten free and casein free diet.  We began by removing all dairy.  Within a matter of days, our son began looking us in the eye again. After two weeks of milk free, we went gluten free.  He did have a little withdrawal, but overall, it was an easy transition.  Before the diet, our son yo-yoed between constipation and diarrhea.  He had head to toe eczema.  He was easily set off to tantrum, and had lots of irrational anxiety. After about 5 months on the diet, his tummy troubles were gone, as well as the eczema.  His tantrums are few and far between, and we know what sets him off.  He still has some fears, but they are more rational, and we are able to work with him to get over them.  All in all, the diet was a huge success for us!!

Signs of Autism

There are many red flags that could help you determine whether or not your child has autism. If you believe there is a problem, please contact a medical professional.

Little or no eye contact

No imaginative play

Does not point or share

Becomes attached to certain objects

Speech is inappropriate for age


Tuned out

Lines up objects

Does nor play with other children

Does not react to facial expressions

Vaccines and Autism

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Seek Medical Advice!

I would like to stress, that I am only a mother of an autistic child, not a medical professional.  I am not trained to treat or diagnos your child.  If you are concerned about your child- please seek the opinion of a doctor.  Use common sense, information is wonderful, but it cannot replace years of medical training.


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      Mary Kelly Godley 4 years ago from Ireland

      Have you read 'Evidence of Harm,' by David Kirby? Its tough to plough through and I am not quite finished it yet. But from what I can gather Mercury from vaccines was definitely not something you would want injected into give your child.

      However I understand it is supposed to have been removed now although this seems a bit uncertain in a lot of countries and cases I think. The CDC (Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) said in their final report on the topic that possibly there may be a connection between Autism and Mercury vaccines in a very small number of children who were already genetically predisposed to being autistic. I think that's a very interesting statement i.e. that the real interplay that causes autism could be genes and environment inter-playing with each other which could now be contributing to the huge increase we are seeing now. In certain vulnerable children such as those that carry the Fragile X gene which I have written about in my Hubs too.

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Autism is such a complicated disorder but it is parents such as you who are able to open people's eyes to the condition. Your son has improved with the diet change which is a good thing, however, this does not work for everyone. Do whatever you can to help your son but remember to look after yourself as well. Take care melren and welcome to hubpages. If you'd like more info about hubbing visit the learning center.