Gastro Woes More Common in Kids with Autism
The study, a review of medical research, found that children with autism are more than four times as likely as their typically developing peers to have digestive difficulties such as abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation.
The study authors stress that doesn’t mean the gastrointestinal troubles are the cause of autism, as one widely discredited theory has suggested, or that something about the biology of autism causes stomach complaints.
No cause-and-effect relationship has been established.
But the researchers say the link between the two problems is strong enough that it deserves more investigation.