Gut dysbiosis and immune dysregulation commonly result in neurological symptoms.
Many of these neurological symptoms are common to children on the autism spectrum; however, they can also be displayed by children who do not have autism, but who are affected by the same environmental and biological factors as children with ASD.
Children who display the following symptoms should be evaluated for underlying gut dysbiosis and immune dysregulation by an integrative pediatrician or holistic practitioner.
- Persistent toe-walking (always walking on tip-toes)
- Delays in crawling, walking, talking
- Large motor delays–difficulties completing age-appropriate physical tasks
- Sideways glancing
- Sensory defensiveness or sensory-seeking behavior
- Pressure-seeking behavior
- Obsessive or compulsive type behaviors
- Persistent aggressive behavior
- Persistent non-compliant or oppositional behavior
- Tics (verbal or physical)
- Frequent temper tantrums (multiple times a day)
- Frequent crying, sadness, anger (multiple times a day)