My child does not crave certain foods - could he respond to the diet?

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My child does not crave certain foods - could he respond to the diet?

Yes, absolutely. Although food cravings are a "dead giveaway," those who have them are not the only kids who respond to the diet. Other big clues are GI problems like diarrhea or constipation, good and bad days, pain insensitivity, frequent screaming, and sleep disturbances. However, if your child does not meet these criteria, he still may have a surprising response.

Sometimes we feel that parents are hoping we'll tell them that their child doesn't need to be on this diet. Isn't that sad? This would mean that there is nothing they can do for the child besides therapy. However, we estimate that at least 30% of autistic children do respond to the diet. These are good enough odds to do the work involved.

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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.