Excessive itching in autistic child

by Kathy Lea
(Princeton, NC USA)

My son is autistic and has increasingly complained about itching, to the point that he is miserable. I don't believe it is the result of an allergy, but because of his sensory disorder. I'm interested in any way I can help him. Usually I rub him or I "brush" him with a soft brush his OT gave me.

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Jun 20, 2016
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Organic diet
by: Anonymous

Our 13 yo son w autism's Itching seemed much improved after over 24hrs of the organic diet. Then yesterday we went off after 6 days of being careful. He started scratching again and tonight it is calming down again.

I think dr Seneff's theory about glyphosate makes sense. He also avoids beef cow dairy and soy unless it is miso. He tolerates goat butter and raw goat's milk kefir as well as home made sourdough. The fermented foods make him more calm. Will keep you posted on the organic diet as we just started.

Jan 16, 2016
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Demodex and Crazy Itching
by: JackieThrives

Itching skin isn't a sensory disorder for us autistics. There's this tiny, common mite on everyone's skin, part of our natural external ecosystem. Most of the time, this mite isn't an issue. But when we aren't digesting food well because of a leaky gut, lots of undesirable stuff gets into our bloodstream, including microbes from the gut, and insufficiently digested food particles.

The Demodex mites that live in our sweat glands or hair follicles then get highly active, reproducing, scavenging, and making us itch. When the skin is treated with a variety of things (e.g. carrier oils containing cedarwood essential oil, and/or neem oil), it will topically back off their activity.

However, to make these micro-mites go back to their normal and non-disruptive behaviours, the gut lining needs to be healed, and the skin and blood infections fought off, so there's no extra food causing a population explosion. Elderly people who digest less well often have heightened itching for this reason, too.

Nov 22, 2015
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Witch Hazel
by: Anonymous

Whether the itching is caused by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) does not really matter at the moment your skin feels like things are crawling all over it.Witch Hazel has proven excellent to stop that. I find it more effective than Calamine lotion or anything else I tried. It works for a number of hours, is colorless, odorless and works immediately. It can be expensive depending on what pharmacy you purchase it from. It looks like water but does so much more. Do not ingest.

Apr 12, 2015
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Spd
by: Fernando

my daughter is 10 years old in the past year she is been scratching all over her body she is with ASD doctors prescriptions are not helping

Feb 09, 2015
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Autism and itching
by: KayAnne

My daughter who is 6 has been diagnosed with ASD and SPD for 3 years now. She has always been itchy especially at night and also when she's thinking or doing a task that's difficult for her. At night she satchel so much she bleeds. She also has allergies and asthma so I assumed it was related to that. However I've just started thinking about the times she itches and realized it's in response to some stressor. I tried benadryl and although it put her to sleep, it didn't really alleviate the itching. I've recently bought gold bond lotion and sarna. I put both on her at night and the coolness calms her down along with massaging.

Nov 22, 2012
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Elevated histamine levels increase itching
by: Kim Oakley

While using a sensory brush certainly address the itching, the target goal to effectively reduce chronic or episodic itching in autism is to also get doctors to check your child's histamine levels. Often a LOW dose of Benadryl can calm the intense itching that drives some autistic into self-abusive tantrums. Imagine being itchy all over, being unable to communicate this to others. Also, try oatmeal baths. Additionally, eating more foods like honey help. Consuming honey, Vitamin C, Quercetin is known to reduce itching. Also, therapeutic massage can relax the body and mind and reduce histamine levels. Remember the key to health is not how many pills, shakes or special foods given. It's a careful implementation to target the unique and individual needs of people on autisms spectrum

Jun 25, 2009
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itching solved
by: kim

you must try Lauricidin---- my son has no more itching. be sure to maintain gfcf, scd diet and only give him alkaline water if possible. also must have digestive enzyme with isogest from kirkman labs. email me if you have questions--
Blessings to you and your child!
kim
klewis77@ymail.com

Jun 08, 2009
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My grandson
by: Anonymous

We believe he has SPD also as he seems to have a lot of the symptoms on the evaluation sheet. He also wants us to scratch him at night especially because he is itchy. We put lotion on him whenever he has a bath or shower. He is now 5 and 1/2. He also complains about tags on his clothing and frequently asks me to cut them off which I do.

Jun 08, 2009
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itching
by: Anonymous

Huh, my son has SPD and always complains he is ichy too. I never though it might be SPD, just figured it's his allergy's.The doctor told him to put an ice pack or wet rag on where it itches and he is on claritin. I bought some gold bond itch lotion that seems to help.

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