How long do I need to do the diet before I see results?

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How long do I need to do the diet before I see results?

For children who are drinking large quantities of milk, or eating primarily dairy or wheat-based foods, you may see subtle changes within a week, especially in younger children. For other kids, the change is not apparent until a few weeks later (usually after accidental ingestion, when there is a noticeable regression). However, many children become worse before they get better. This is probably due to a "withdrawal" reaction to the addictive, opiate properties of these foods. In our experience, it is a good sign, so stick it out!

Also, keep in mind that if a regression lasts more than three weeks, there may still be a source of gluten or dairy in the diet, which will prolong the child's discomfort, and your own. This is why it is so important to become educated about the diet, and how to do it properly.

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The content on this website is not to be taken as medical advice. We have gathered information here so that you can make an informed decision in partnership with your medical practitioner.

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Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. is the author of Special Diets For Special Kids I & II, the foremost books on gluten and casein-free diets for children with disabilities.

Karyn Seroussi

Karyn Seroussi Karyn Seroussi is the author of Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and PDD, the story of her son's autism recovery through dietary and other biomedical interventions.

Helping since 1995

Together Lewis and Seroussi created the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention (ANDI.) Since 1995, ANDI has been helping and supporting parents using dietary and biomedical interventions for autism spectrum disorders. Last year, Lisa and Karyn again joined forces and put the sum of their knowledge in a new book, The Encyclopedia of Dietary Interventions. They continue to write and speak on the topic of dietary intervention, and to support other parents around the world.