New research comes to the surprising conclusion that children with autism improve when they have a fever.
Although it may have grabbed fewer headlines compared to mercury and vaccines, many parents of autistic children have noticed that when their child has a fever, the severity of their autstic traits seems to diminish. Many will have dismissed te observation as a strange quirk but now scientists say there is something to it.
The research, involving 30 children with autism spectrum disorders, is published in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics. Parents were required to observe changes in symptoms during and immediately after their child experienced a fever of 100.4oF or greater, and for seven days once the fever had cleared up.
The parents were then asked to complete standardized questionnaires designed to capture data about the childrens behaviour as the fever progressed and once they had recovered. Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders who did not experience fever were also asked to complete the same questionnaires at three set time points to act as controls in the study.