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Can they give a child something for stress and anxiety?

My DS has mild autism and is NEVER happy. he is always yelling about something- never content with what he has or what he was offered. He sounds like an absolute brat and I know he isn't! It's just that he is constantly upset about something. Like we were going to go to the fireworks on the fourth. We told him about it days early- He loves fireworks BTW- we told him agian that morning. WE gave him the run down- WE will get ready- get in the car- got to the store to get sandwiches- go to the field-eat a picnic- wait for the fireworks- we are not buying anything- we have glow sticks already packed. Time to get ready= her freaks out- won't look for shoes doesn't want to go hates everything says he won't like it says he wont even open his eyes to see it. We get to the store= he hates all lunch meat says he won't eat it says he will just throw it on the ground we get to the field= he is fine for a while ate his food well played well then it starts to get dark we pull out the glow sticks. He is then angry I won't buy him a glow sword and whines all evening about not having one and how it isn't fair. I showed him lots of kids had nothing and that made him even more angry. It rained for about 10 min=He freaked out because the fireworks would get wet and the ground would be wet and his hair was getting wet. It's like this all the time! NO matter how we correct, warn or word things. He is constantly stressed out by something! Is there a drug for this? Ia m so against drugs for kids but if there is one to help with this then I need to know!

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:30 PM on Jul. 7, 2011 in Kids' Health

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  • I'd like to introduce you to an organization called Talk About Curing Autism. Please go to this page: and you'll be able to find a local chapter near you or at least someone to talk to about your struggles. Close friends of mine have a boy with autism and they are very involved with helping parents in the same boat. There are not only ways that will help HIM but also ways to educate the parents on how to save their own sanity! My friends are here in L.A. but chapters are everywhere. You have a support system you didn't know you had. You're not alone!!! Reach out to them. There are so many resources to help your child. I'll just tell you briefly a few to check out: biofeedback, massage, acupuncture (yes! really good!), diet changes just to start! Really feel for you, but know you can get the help you need. Best of wishes to you and your family. Blessings!

    Answer by Sexedforkids at 6:17 PM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Yes they can but a lot don't because a child doesn't necessarily need meds.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 12:05 AM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • Autistic people often have sensitivities to gluten & casein. Is he on a gluten & casein free diet? It can make a huge difference in behavior. We were told that our son was aspergers. Turned out he just had a lot of food intolerances. RAST test for IgG antibodies gave us the answers we needed to heal him.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 9:12 PM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • my son has severe anxiety and has autism with sensitivities and my son has not gluten or casein problem. its not always a stomach problem for autism children

    Answer by angeleyz375 at 10:00 PM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • Some children diagnosed with Autism are also found to have seizures. There are different kinds of seizures. There are seizures that can't be seen by the untrained eye and there are seizures that are obvious and you can see the child having convulsions. That's why it is very important for your a child with Autism to be observed by specialists. Some hospitals would demand from the parents to have the child hospitalized for 48 hours or more to be monitored and evaluated. It has been notice that children who suffer from seizures also develop anxiety as a consequence. That's why it might be recommended to rule out any other medical conditions that could be altering your son's behavior. Anxiety can affect the whole balance of the body. Some people with Anxiety also have stomach problems such as acid reflux. That's why children with Autism are in need of following the same routine every day. Nothing different that would make them

    Answer by Cafemomoftwo217 at 9:46 AM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • Cont....stressed or anxious.
    Answering the OP question . There are many drugs out there for anxiety the latest one in the market is Abilify. Doctors prescribed this drugs as "off label" because there are no studies conducted on children proven the effectiveness of these drugs. Check the FDA website for psychiatric medications used for adults but approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the used on children. Just a reminder: Children are children and sometimes they just need to unwind some children are loud and stubborn but that doesn't necessarily mean that they have a brain imbalance. They are just being kids!

    Answer by Cafemomoftwo217 at 10:53 AM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • i am telling you to watch if they do put him on medicine, they gave my daughter 1 because she was also adhd inattentive and could not sleep because of her medicine. it was a nightmare. only 1 mg but she was throwing things etc found out autistic children react badly to it.

    Answer by WildCat73 at 1:13 AM on Jul. 20, 2011

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