Stress may cause gastrointestinal issues in kids with autism
Gastrointestinal issues found in children with autism may be related to an increased reaction to stress, a finding that can lead to better treatment for the disorder, say researchers.

Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability of individuals to communicate and interact.

“We know that it is common for individuals with autism to have a more intense reaction to stress and some of these patients seem to experience frequent constipation, abdominal pain or other gastrointestinal issues,” said David Beversdorf, Associate Professor at University of Missouri in the US.

“Anxiety and stress reactivity may be an important factor when treating these patients,” Beversdorf added. The study found a relationship between increased cortisol response to stress and gastrointestinal symptoms....