Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

152 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Can giving flaxseed oil be beneficial to an autistic child?

I have a 3 yr old that has been diagnosed with autism. MY nutritionist suggested that I give him flaxseed oil. She told me that I should see a difference in his learning capabilities and temper tantrums. I just ordered some. My question is how does it help? And how much should I give him?
Tue, 16 Apr 2019
Report Abuse
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi,

Yes... very much.
Such children have often low levels of omega-3 fatty acids but unfortunately many children on the spectrum also do not tolerate omega-3 supplements, so this can be a struggle.
Krill oil can be tried, if cod liver oil doesn’t work, otherwise flax seed oil may be beneficial. They seem to work because of high anti-inflammatory properties.
Lots of omega complexensures your son has lots of brain food so that even if they are born autistic at least he may be at the genius end.
So lots of oily fish, walnuts, sunflower oil for cooking, or flaxseed if you can find it.
Plenty of good people on earth have autism so don't be scared to bring an autistic child into the world. Just love that child as much as you are able. But there is no magic wand cure for guaranteeing autistic treatment.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. AJEET SINGH, General & Family Physician
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

my baby has some reddy pinky spots that has been on his tummy and back for over 5 weeks. we visited doctor about it several weeks ago and was told it was rosalis something which i can t exactly remember the right word and that it would go away after 6 weeks. naturopath told me it cant be that and told me to give baby less high salycilate food and give flexseed oil...it does not bother the baby at all and he is a happy clever baby

doctor1 MD

Is it safe and beneficial for women 30 yrs and younger to take fish oil supplements to prevent heart disease? Which is better? flaxseed or fish oil supplements?

doctor1 MD

I don t want to pay a lot. I have several doctors. The latest has prescribed Metroxate for RA. I DON T like the side effects and don t want to take. Now I read all the vitamins on line. I do have predizone and want to know if it is okay to take flexseed oil with that.