Patient discussion about relationship

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Q. I heard that there may be a relationship between autism and PKU

I heard that there may be a relationship between autism and PKU, but is there an increased risk of autism from childhood immunizations for children who have PKU?
A1PKU and Autism- from what I've heard, PKU can lead to Autism if not treated. but about the vaccination and the autism- there is no connection what so ever. there were dozens of extensive research that showed no connection. at all.
A2Dear Kennedy, Glad to meet you in this community. There has been no causal relationship established between autism and vaccinations. Earlier research that suggested such a link has been found to be unreliable. No study since then has been able to establish a correlation. However, I believe there is a relationship between autism and PKU. Prior to newborn screening, 5% of children presenting with late-diagnosed PKU were first diagnosed as autistic. There is no question in my mind that those children improved on the phe-restricted diet. I have cared for quite a few such children, who are no longer autistic. Autism is a problem that has many causes. At the moment we think that it is a metabolic problem because it comes on gradually.

Q. Mother in law not accepting the diagnosis.

Our 3 years old son was diagnosed with autism some time ago, and although it’s not easy, our family and friends support and help us a lot, except my mother in-law (that lives close to us). She refuse to accept the fact that our son has autism, and keeps telling we are just hysteric and with little education our child will grow up just fine. What can we do? Were we wrong when we decided to tell everyone?
A1I believe that it is a matter of time until your mother in-law realizes the full extent of your son's condition. Perhaps now she cannot accept it, and would rather think of him as a normal healthy child, and with time she will grow to understand his needs and capabilities. The most important thing for you to do is keep her involved in his life, so that she will give him all the love he can get from his grandmother, regardless of his autism. It seems to me you are a strong family with great people around you, that will help you with anything you need, so work on what is best for your son, and that is loving him. Don't spend too much time worrying about what others know or believe.
A2 I had a similar case, only with my own father who wasn’t willing to accept the fact that his first grandson has a problem.
What we did was to let him speak to our pediatrician that explained him the situation and it’s meaning. It didn’t change his attitude completely, , but it did help him to be more understanding about it.
Just remember they act this way only because they love you and your son – it’s not on purpose
A3First of all, it’s good to hear that you have such good people around you that help so much. Regarding your mother in-law, you don’t have to drag her into this – if she refuses to accept it, keep her out of this issue, and try to show her how your son progress. As time will pass, she’ll get it little by little until she’ll finally accept it.

Q. I am Alexzander, my friend Smith who’s a bipolar tends to have mood swings.

I am Alexzander, my friend Smith who’s a bipolar tends to have mood swings. Due to this he is facing many problems in his relationship. I need to know the changes during Mood swings, which helps me to guide him.
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