Complementary And Alternative Medicine Use Common In Children With Autism, Study Says

January 11, 2014 5:03 AM

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Complementary And Alternative Medicine Use Common In Children With Autism, Study Says

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders know intimately that treatment is as complex as the disorders themselves. There are educational and behavioral interventions, and medication. A new study suggests a large number of families also turn to alternative treatments, such as homeopathic remedies, probiotics and mind-body interventions, in concert with more traditional treatments.

The study, published Saturday in the Journal of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, looked at use of complementary and alternative medicine -- known as CAM -- among more than 450 children ages 2 to 5 with autism, as well as 125 who had been diagnosed with a developmental delay. Forty percent of...

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