So, I would really appreciate some insight here. We are kind of at a cross road with my 3 year old son. He has always been rather high needs, with food issues, constipation, and related behavioral issues. I haven't yet been able to get him to a good baseline, and I am running out of steam. Right now I have decent luck with a gluten free, dairy free, corn free, etc, etc, diet and he seems pretty good...but as I said, still has GI issues, still spirited. It's not in and of itself alarming for a 3 year old. But not normal either. A few months ago, toward the end of my second pregnancy and during her first few months we fell off the wagon with our diet. DS started to develop some sensory issues, anxiety, rigid behavior, trouble with change, trouble being social, and some other Asperger-like symptoms.
Since then I have re-eliminated most trigger foods and most of the sensory and more Asperger-like issues have diminished significantly. But we are still having problems. I have a pretty strong feeling that if we weren't actively managing his diet that he would present with Aspergers...I think.
So how important is the diagnosis? I'm pretty sure that with his current diet he wouldn't get a diagnosis, so if I thought that he needed a diagnosis, I would basically have to reintroduce all of the trigger foods, which would cause him really severe discomfort and make him toxic, right? Is it worth it to do that to him? What if after all that he doesn't actually have Aspergers? What if he does? How much else could I really change to help him feel better?
Any insight is appreciated. Thanks.