Kids’ eye doctor Dr. Susan Pomerantz, who has been working in the field for more than 20 years, has some advice for parents of kids with autism.
She tells TODAY that children with autism are more likely to develop serious and disabling medical conditions, such as depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
“In general, kids with autistic spectrum disorders have more severe and disabling problems,” Dr. Pomeranz said.
“They have a higher risk of being exposed to infectious diseases, and they have more behavioral problems.
They have a lower survival rate.”
Dr. Pomorsantz is the founder and executive director of the Autism Treatment Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
She says it’s critical for families to understand the diagnosis and treatment options available to them, and what to expect if things go wrong.
“It’s important to get the correct diagnosis because autism is a complex condition and we’re always learning new things,” she said.
“What can parents do?
What can they do to protect their children?”
In addition to being able to see a doctor, parents also have a responsibility to be vigilant about their child’s medication, Dr. Phil says.
“Autism can have a range of symptoms,” he says.
“The severity of the symptoms are dependent on the severity of symptoms, and that depends on the specific drug and treatment that’s being used.”
For children with ASD, the symptoms can range from social withdrawal to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) itself.
Dr. Phil suggests parents be aware of their childs age and that they need to talk to their pediatrician about their needs.
“Some parents may think that the more they know about their childrens condition, the better the outcome for their child,” Dr Phil said.
But Dr. Pete O’Donnell, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, says the most important thing parents can do is understand that the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder can vary greatly.
“Children with autism may have a mild to moderate condition,” Dr O’Connell said.
They may have severe symptoms, like oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and anxiety.
Or they may have mild symptoms, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum, and language delays.
“If you’re a parent of a child with ASD or you are dealing with an ASD child, your first concern should be how to help your child be healthy, be safe, and be happy,” Dr Pomerannz said.
Parents of children with multiple diagnoses need to be aware that there are many different treatments available for these conditions, Dr Phil says, and he recommends parents seek medical advice if they think they may be at increased risk of developing a serious medical condition.
“When a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition, they’re often told that they are going to need to take certain medications to control their condition, and some medications are more expensive than others,” Dr Philip said.
In fact, Dr Philip says, there are a lot of drugs that are more affordable than others.
He also recommends that parents be vigilant and talk to the doctor regularly, as it’s important for them to know what they are receiving.
“You should always be looking at what’s being prescribed and making sure that it’s the right drug for your child,” he said.
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