Monday, April 5, 2010

Vitamin D Theory of Autism

Now I haven't had the chance to read through the whole thing yet, but it is defiantly very interesting! I don't know that I can get behind it "causing" Autism, but possibly something that contributes to some part of it.

Certainly, VitD is played down HUGELY in its importance for all of us. Most people just think of it as the sunshine vitamin since that is how it is portrayed. In reality it is incredibly important for our bodies to function properly and the recommended doses are way below what we actually need.

I'll have to look it up, but I think it is something like over 80% of us have levels that are too low! We have also been scared away from the sun, but that is truly our best way of getting VitD.

My entire family is taking a supplement of VitD. Usually it would just be in the winter months, but let's face it..we live in Oregon. It's almost constantly winter, so it'll be all the time.

Hopefully it helps all of us.

Our 1st baby

Wyatt was born at 37 weeks, because I had high blood pressure. I was in labor for 12 hours and he was born with no complications. It truly was a wonderful birth!

We figured we got lucky, because he started sleeping through the night when he was 3 weeks old and he was extremely independent. He loved to nurse, but mostly he wanted to play by himself. He started getting on his knees and rocking himself to sleep when he was 6 months old. He hit every single one of his milestones right on time and sometimes early. He walked well on his own at 10 months and started talking early..even saying small sentences. He has always had a little trouble getting some sounds, but you could understand most of what he said. He did the cutest things. His favorite games were to line toys up and take everything out of his toy box and then put it all back in one at a time.

We vaccinated Wyatt until it was time for his 1 year shots. I had been doing a lot of research and was just not ready to allow that at that time.

As he got older, I started to notice things were a little off. We weren't around many kids his age, so it came slowly. What continued to rock to sleep, but he began to seek out hard places. We didn't think much of it while he was in his crib since he couldn't hurt himself in there. He was very attached to his routine, and he still played in patterns.

I had been saying something was off for a long time, but everyone told me it was just Wyatt. I knew better. When he was 4 and still banging his head to sleep (sometimes causing himself to bleed), I told our dr that I wanted to get him evaluated for ADD/ADHD.

To be continued..