Mod hat: Teacozy and Taximom, please clean up your posts on page 1. There were no flags on them, so I'm just addressing it in the thread for transparency.
Neither of you want to see a child suffer and it is insulting to assume that in a fellow poster. You're both valued members here, so I offer my thanks in advance - pm if you have questions.
As for the vitamins debate - my child became potty trained for the first time in 6 years after being given Behavior Balance with DMG which is recommended for children with autism. There is no correlation/causation psychology 101 mind tricks here. I've scrubbed poopy pants and embarassing social situations for far too long to even acknowledge that this was just some 'coincidence'. The stuff helps a lot. Happy stimming replaces the angry outbursts and the kid just does better. So, thats my bias.
However, I also get tired of the 'lets throw money at it!' mindset we have in America. Some times our kids are just different, or are disabled - and no magic pill we buy is going to solve it. I don't buy vaccines are the sole cause of autism and I don't buy that spending thousands of dollars can 'cure' a true autistic child.
I do have my own anecdotal story about constipation with an autistic child.
My doctors did refuse to treat chronic constipation, though I do not believe ultimately it was their responsibility to 'cure' her.
"Just give her miralaxx" even when Miralaxx was not working. They never bothered above and beyond that.
To this day we still use colon cleanse, smooth move tea, and epsom salts. Used a chiropractor a couple times, not so sure what I think of that yet...It is a constant battle.
Anyways, since the Behavior balance and pooping, gone are the soft ball size poops - but we still have the horrendous smell that comes with the leaks because for nearly 6 years we had chronic constipation. I should have gotten more proactive, but now I know. Anyways, there are various doctors who do not take these things seriously. They aren't all like the doctor in "It hurts when I poop."
(story for kids)
""Many doctors don't recognize that aggressive behavior is not part of autism," Margolis said. "This is really a new field." Research is showing that a common cause of autistic children acting out is simply because they're constipated -- which, from there, can mean they stop sleeping and eating well. They may become aggressive and frustrated because they have no other way of saying that their stomachs hurt."
It is amazing, and is nice to have some validation to something I have known this for years now...Things are so much better now that we have found a pooping regimen that works.
As for supplements and the like:
In my experience, there are wolves in sheeps clothing on either side of the fence. Buyer beware.