If your child has a diagnosis that is on the autism spectrum disorder and exhibits gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, you should find this video of interest. Sponsored by the Autism Research Insitute (autism.org) Karen Gross Margolis, MD, presents on GI problems in children. She says GI issues in kids on the autism spectrum disorder are at least 2 to 3 times more common than typical. Symptoms can range from constipation and diarrhea (most common) to reflux, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, small bowel bacterial overgrowth, and others.
In the video, Dr. Margolis focuses on how to screen for GI disorders in children with autism, the brain-gut link, and the role of the neurotransmitter serotonin. The program concludes with user-friendly questions and answers.