How Common is Autism? (and How to Prevent a Second Child from Becoming AutisticWhen You Have One With Autism?)
How can you prevent a second or third child from becoming autistic if you already have a child with autism? The study, “18-month predictors of later outcomes in younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder: a baby siblings research consortium study,” published in October 2014, mentions that about 20% (that is one in five) younger siblings of children with Autism spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop the condition by age 3. You can read the study here…
Parents you should be horrified by this statistic. 1/5 of your subsequent children will have autism! This study found that by 18 months, you could predict in half the children who would go on to have autism due to poor eye contact, lack of communication gestures, or imaginative play, and in a few, by repetitive behaviors.
Various other studies are showing autism rates as high as 1 out of every 50 children. CDC data is presented here for you to see.
In our practice at Integrative Pediatrics, we are experiencing a much lower rate of autism. For data collected on over 1000 children born into our practice over the past 6 years, who are now at least 3 years old, we have one new autism case (child had a sibling with autism and no vaccines were done). We have 87 children who were born during this time who had a sibling with autism. That is a rate of 1 in 87 instead of 1 in 5! For the remaining 1000 children, one would expect about 10-20 new cases of autism. Why are we not seeing higher autism rates at Integrative Pediatrics?
In no particular order, here are the things parents are doing differently at Integrative Pediatrics that has likely resulted in reduced rates of autism:
- Wait until at least 3 years of age before giving the MMR.
- Don’t give the Hepatitis B vaccine to infants, wait until at least school age (unless birth mom has Hepatitis B).
- Only give one aluminum containing vaccine at a time (thus avoiding the DTaP and Prevnar at the same time).
- Waiting until at least age 2 to give the aluminum containing Hepatitis A vaccine.
- Avoiding the Tdap during pregnancy (this is a new issue that wasn’t a factor in the data and experience of the past 6 years).
- Making sure pregnant moms are getting a prenatal vitamin with iodine, extra omega-3 fish oil with high DHA, and extra vitamin D (5000 IU daily).
- Eating organic and drinking filtered water from pregnancy through infancy and early childhood.
- Minimizing exposure to endocrine disruptors (plastics like BPA, flame retardants, herbicides, and pesticides).
Parents, you can make a difference in your child’s future by paying close attention to these issues. It is not just autism that we are preventing. Attention to these details will likely reduce all disorders affecting the brain (anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, bipolar, learning issues, language issues, sensory issues, etc.), and will reduce allergy and autoimmune disorders (asthma, eczema, diabetes, thyroid problems, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS, etc.)
With toxins, 1+1 might equal 5 or 10. Since no studies have been nor will they ever be done on all of the toxins out there, and there interactions with all of the vaccines and all of the available nutrients, wisdom would suggest that you avoid all the toxins you can. Make sure you are getting clean, purified water and organic non-GMO foods.
To your health and the safety of our children’s brains and immune systems.