My 15 year old son, who has autism, has a few issues. His throat and ears always itch, and he has chronic bad breath. As a result, he is always spitting.
It's gotten so bad that his brand new pillow case and sheets by his mouth have faded in spots. His saliva has actually taken the color out of his bedding.
He's been to an allergist, an ENT and his regular pediatrician. We've tried nose sprays and allergy medicines, but they haven't helped. The fading of sheets has not been discussed with any doctors as of yet because we went to these doctors about a year ago.
It seems like an acidity-level problem. The constant spitting could be a learned behavior, but the saliva's ability to fade bedding might be a symptom of a greater concern.
Any ideas what this is and what should be done to relieve this?
There are certain bacteria that initiate our immune system to produce a chemical "similar" to hydrogen peroxide. The best bet for him is to eliminate most (if not all) starchy, sugary foods from his diet. Do research on this.
There is a Strong link to digestive probs. and autistic behavior.
AND...if if the sheets are cotton and the dyes plant based, his behavioral issues (mouth stim/ open mouth, etc...) may cause more concentrated saliva on bedding. Amylase is a natural enzyme in all of our saliva that could break down these organic compounds. Just research on the SCD specific carbohydrate diet. I promise you will see results, although following it could be trying.
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