Is There a Link Between Autism Symptoms And Food Allergies?

JAMA Network Open. 2018;1(2):e180279


The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in US children has increased during the past decades. Immunologic dysfunction has recently emerged as a factor associated with ASD. Although children with ASD are more likely to have gastrointestinal disorders, little is known about the association between food allergy and ASD. Read more…


In a nationally representative sample of US children, a significant and positive association of common allergic conditions, in particular, food allergy, with ASD was found. Further investigation is warranted to elucidate the causality and underlying mechanisms.