Gut problems in children with autism

Research Summary
Meg Guard
Research Assistant

A recent, comprehensive study, published in Pediatrics, found that children with autism are four times more likely to have diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain than are typically developing children. This study, summarized by Spectrum News, sought to consolidate previous research on the association between autism and gastrointestinal issues. This association is important as constipation and diarrhea may adversely affect how medication taken by children with autism is absorbed by the body. This study is useful in helping to promote further research into the genetic basis for the prevalence of digestive problems among children with autism. Read more about the study here.


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