If you are a parent of a child with autism, then you need to know a few things that might be the cause behind your child’s behavior. One of the biggest problems that children with autism have is yeast overgrowth. Unfortunately, yeast overgrowth in children can cause all sorts of behaviors that may be really familiar to you.
One of the first things you may have noticed if your child has an overgrowth of yeast is a lack of eye contact; your child may also have a limited attention span or exhibit signs of attention deficit disorder. Another thing your child might do is increase the amount of “stimming” behavior they display as well. Other behaviors they might display as well include spinning, hand flapping, finger flicking, and even “toe” walking.
Yeast overgrowth causes alcohol to be produced in the colon, which can then go into the bloodstream. This sometimes manifests in children as an increase in silly behavior possibly marked by uncontrollable laughing fits; sometimes, a child may also have an increase in night awakenings.
How does yeast overgrowth happen? Well, the cause of yeast overgrowth is speculated to be caused by problems with a person’s immune system. When yeast overgrowth occurs it can happen pretty quickly (sometimes within hours) and cause a lot of problems. When yeast begins to multiply they then setup house within the lining of the intestine. In fact, some of these yeast have roots that go deep within the intestine, which makes them very resistant to treatments.
Yeast Overgrowth Can Lead To Bacteria Overgrowth
Yeast essentially feed on the lining of the intestinal tract, which weakens it and allows the intestinal track to become overun with bacteria as well. Yeast overgrowth makes bacteria more likely to grow, although an overgrowth can occur independent of yeast as well.
One type of bacteria is called clostridia – it is the most problematic for parents because it causes aggression. Often times, these children will exhbibit unusual behaviors like biting, banging their head against floors and walls, scratching, hitting, or just may become angry and frustrated easily for apparently no reason at all.
A parent can use antifungal therapy to help rid their child of their yeast overgrowth; however, when the yeast is gone this means that the clostridium bacteria, if present, can quickly take over the weakened colon where the yeast once colonized, which means children could increase their aggressive behavior, even while decreasing their spacey, “aloof” type of behavior.
Parents can help combat this issue by giving their child probiotics like Culturelle while also implementing antifungal therapy. This product has a specific strain of bacteria that will help fight off bad bacteria.
Using a combination of both antifungal treatments as well as probiotics like Culturelle, children can experience the benefits of decreasing side-effects caused from both yeast and bacteria overgrowth and improve the quality of their life in the process. To watch the video about this article about yeast click the play button below: