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Do antibiotics have a positive effect on your child?

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LadyDowagerHatt Mon 13-Feb-17 17:00:15

I have another post on here about my DD who has learning disabilities and is borderline in terms of SN school/mainstream with support. We were being directed towards a school for severe to moderate learning disabilities but just last week at playgroup when the educational psychologist visited she was demonstrating a better ability to follow instructions, was more confident socially and her attention and focus improved. So now, to our surprise, mainstream is now back on the table.

All this happened just last week - before that she was poorly and just not herself, we found she had a UTI and she was given antibiotics. Now I have panicked myself by reading studies about the fact that autism symptoms can lessen temporarily when a child is on antibiotics. My DD is not autistic but could it have the same effect? Certainly some of the improvements were the same, such as the increased focus and the social impact.

The other (preferable!) explanation is that it is down to the ABA we started a few weeks ago.

Just interested to know if anyone had seen this study and experienced anything similar with antibiotics?

zzzzz Mon 13-Feb-17 17:04:56

Mine is much more focused, alert, and his language disordered is markedly less when he has a fever.

There are several others on the board who have expressed the same thing, and it is quite well documented.

PolterGoose Mon 13-Feb-17 17:07:06

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BoogleMcGroogle Mon 13-Feb-17 17:20:48

Gosh, that's so interesting. We always feel guilty that DS is much easier when a but under the weather. He came off antibiotic prophylaxis about 3 months before he became markedly more challenging but I'd never made a link before.

LadyDowagerHatt Mon 13-Feb-17 17:50:48

It is really interesting. I'm wondering if there would be a similar impact on my DD even though she does not have ASD. I guess only time will tell whether it is a one off due to the antibiotics but it has got me a bit worried it could be. Does anyone know what the link is and therefore whether it could apply to non autistic children?

PolterGoose Mon 13-Feb-17 17:56:50

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PolterGoose Mon 13-Feb-17 17:57:08

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zzzzz Mon 13-Feb-17 17:58:25

I sincerely doubt it is limited to individuals with ASD.
For example everybodies seizure threshold lowers when they have a temperature. In some (mostly children) it causes febrile convulsions. To my mind this means your brain is more "excitable" when running at higher temperatures.

BoogleMcGroogle Mon 13-Feb-17 18:12:18

DS doesn't have autism, he's the most socially perceptive child out there. He does have severe verbal and motor dyspraxia and hypermobility , so he's not quite wired right ( meant in the kindest possible way, he's also fab of course).

zzzzz Mon 13-Feb-17 18:16:21

With wiring there is no right or wrong just infinite possibilities.
grin

BoogleMcGroogle Mon 13-Feb-17 18:20:52

zzzzz very true, but some possibilities do make it easier to say your 'g' sound ( or ride a bloody bike, it's the multitasking of peddling and turning while more interested in ringing our bell which is the sticking point at the moment) ;)

zzzzz Mon 13-Feb-17 18:30:02

Meh bike shmike, he was made for finer things grin (mine steers straight AT people and still needs stabilisers at 11...he has other skillssmile)

LadyDowagerHatt Tue 14-Feb-17 06:59:39

Thanks Polter (twice!) I've taken a look but - this seems to be about children who develop OCD tendencies and anxieties after taking antibiotics so almost the opposite effect. Interesting that there seems to be a link though.

We are seeing this breakthrough in my DD after the fever and about a week after she finished the course of antibiotics (in the case I read it was during and then it stopped after the antibiotics were finished) so I am hoping it is genuine. Don't know why I thought of this really, I'm almost trying not to get my hopes up to avoid the disappointment if it is a one off!

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