Over half of all children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have gastrointestinal issues including diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and symptoms of irritable bowel.  (I’d bet money that number is a gross underestimation, since many parents don’t realize that constipation is a major medical issue).  The severity of these symptoms has been correlated with the degree of dysbiosis. The trial, on 8 children (11 actually started in the trial, but 3 were discounted for various reasons (i.e. missing a stool sample)), was small, but was double blind and crossover.  (There was no control group, however).  It was also, sadly, quite short in duration:  one group started with both the colostrum and the probiotic, the other with the colostrum only, which they took for 5 weeks.  After a 2 week washout (i.e. on neither treatment), the groups were switched.

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