Autistic children frequently have abnormalities in gut permeability, defects or deficiencies in intestinal enzymes, and/or abnormal intestinal flora. Yeast overgrowth can be be prevented or treated by oral administration of Lactobacillus or other probiotics. If response is insufficient, oral antifungals may be needed. Nystatin and amphotericin B are examples of prescription medications that can be compounded for oral administration to help reduce yeast in the gut. Compromised digestive function, often secondary to inflammation of the bowel, may lead to the absorption of toxins ("leaky gut"). Children can benefit from balanced nutrition, treatment of imbalanced gut flora, and enhancement of immune function.
Please note: These therapies have not been approved by the FDA for the treatment of autism, and should be used only under the supervision of an experienced and knowledgeable health care professional after parents or guardians have received adequate information and given consent.
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