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Has autism. Having loose stools, becomes shaky and looks ill. Had intestinal parasite. What to do?

Dec 2012
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My son is 20 years old and has autism (low functioning). Frequently lately when i get him up in the morning he will have a loose sometimes liquid stool as soon as he wakes up. He becomes very shakly and weak and looks very ill afterward for about 30 minutes til he has eaten something.
Posted Fri, 21 Jun 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 1 hour later

Your son obviously has a bowel disorder which could be as a result of an infection (could be parasitic, bacterial, fungal or viral) or may be suffering from an irritable bowel syndrome (which could be confirmed only after ruling out other causes by his doctor). I suggest see a gastroenterologist who can examine him fully and run some lab tests including stool exams and blood tests. If the cause can be confirmed, then treatment will follow. Another possibility is nerve damage or spinal damage (that will require a neurologist to have look).

For now, you will need to check on his type of meals before he goes to bed and if he is on any medications presently. Also let him keep a good personal and food hygiene.
NB: The fact that he is autistic is not responsible for his presenting symptoms but could let him to be being predispose (poor feeding, poor hygiene etc)

Hope this helps and wish your son a better health.

Dr. Nsah
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