Special diets are common for children with autism, data show

05/27/2011 | Medscape (free registration)

Dietary treatments are the most common type of complementary or alternative treatments parents choose for children with autism spectrum disorders, with 18% of youngsters placed on a special eating plan, according to a study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. Survey data presented at an autism conference showed that gluten-free and casein-free diets were cited by 55% of respondents who were on a special diet, while others adopted regimens free of dyes or preservatives, low in sugar or restricting corn or soy.

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