Hooray, another scientific study that validates what autism parents and biomedical autism practitioners have known for years: that children with autism have higher rates of medical conditions. Autism parents globally have shouted from rooftops (and to their doctors!), “My child is ill, help me!” Routinely, they have been ignored – mainly because the prevailing perspective of autism does not accept ASD as a physiological condition. Because of this, millions of children don’t receive common sense treatment. This ignorance must end! A new study by Schieve, et al. published in Research in Developmental Disabilities, indicates that children with autism (as well as ADHD and other developmental delays) have higher rates of medical conditions than their peers. These medical diagnoses include: asthma, eczema, headaches and earaches, food allergies, and diarrhea or colitis. The study compared children with developmental disabilities to those without, and those with autism to children with other types of developmental disabilities. It’s a substantive finding, involving a large sample size: 41,000 children aged 3 to 17 years. 5,469 children had one or more of the following diagnoses: autism, intellectual disability, ADHD, learning disability or other developmental delay. According to Schieve (in an article she published at AutismSpeaks.org), “As a group, these children (with developmental disabilities) had higher than expected rates of all of the medical conditions we studied.” Specifically, they were:
- 1.8 times more likely than children without developmental disabilities to have ever had an asthma diagnosis,
- 1.6 times more likely to have had eczema or a skin allergy during the past year,
- 1.8 times more likely to have had a food allergy during the past year,
- 2.1 times more likely to have had three or more ear infections during the past year,
- 2.2 times more likely to have had frequent severe headaches or migraines during the past year, and
- 3.5 times more likely to have had frequent diarrhea or colitis during the past year.