What If There Was A Magic Pill For Autism?

I’m a member of a huge parenting group on Facebook and being such a large group there are a lot of differing opinions. Most of the time I stay away from the more controversial topics because they tend to get very heated and I have enough drama going on in my life without getting involved in conflict on Facebook. Plus I find it rather sad, arguing on social media because of a difference of opinion. I mean, really? Who has time for that. Surely that kind of energy is better used elsewhere?

So while scrolling through my news feed something caught my eye. Someone from the aforementioned parenting group had posted this link:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/14/autism-linked-to-vitamin-d-deficiency-during-pregnancy-researchers-find#img-1u

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As you can see from the link, there may be new research to suggest that autism could be linked to a Vitamin D deficiency.

This post not only caught my eye because my son very likely has autism, but also because after my third pregnancy, I discovered that I was severely deficient in vitamin D.

I know that my sons autism is more than likely due to the fact he has four genes missing from one of his chromosomes, but I was still interested in reading people’s opinions on this article so I clicked on the post and read some of the comments.

A few comments were as I expected with mums panicking and writing things like, “Oh no. I’m vitamin D deficient and now I’m really worried” and naturally quite a few mums took offence to some of these comments and asked, “what’s wrong with an autistic child? Why exactly would people need to take a pill to prevent it?”. Another mum stated that even if there were a magic pill to prevent it she wouldn’t want to use it because she loves her children just as they are, quirks and all, and while I appreciate what these mums were saying it also got me thinking. “What if there was a magic little pill to prevent autism”?

Firstly though I would like to answer the mums question on that particular post and say that as a mum with a child who more than likely has Autism, of course there is nothing wrong with an autistic child, or an autistic adult come to that, or any other person with any other disability, but if there were a magic pill to prevent it would I? Well at the risk of being flamed for my honesty, my answer would have to be yes.

Now before I go any further let me just say that I love my son more than words can say. I love him as much as any mother loves their child and I love everything about him. I smile when I see him lining his sandwiches up on the dinner table and I chuckle to myself when he repeats back every word I say, but there are times when he is extremely difficult to deal with. Like this morning when he was screaming at his sister to hold her spoon properly even though she already was and nothing I did or said calmed him down. Instead he pulled his clothes off like he does every time he has a meltdown down and I then had to spend the next half hour trying to calm him down and talk him into putting his school uniform back on.

My son gets extremely upset over things that you and I would find trivial and sometimes the more I try to comfort him the more worked up he becomes. I love my son more than life itself, but if I had the chance to take away his sensory issues, his anxiety, his need for control, and his social communication difficulties then I’d do it in a heartbeat.

My daughter has Congenital Hypothyroidism which was picked up via the newborn screening test (or heel prick test to those of us in the uk) and has been taking a tiny pill (levothyroxine) since she was 9 days old, without which she would almost certainly have severe intellectual disability and short stature.

There was never any question that my daughter would take this pill. It wasn’t a choice I was given by her pediatrician. I was just told that’s what I must do and quite rightly so. Why would I, as a parent, deny my child the chance to grow up typically and lead a normal life?

In the same way that my daughter takes a magical little pill to prevent the symptoms of Congenital Hypothyroidism, and in the same way that women take folic acid to prevent spina bifida (as mentioned in the above article) if there were a magic pill to prevent autism or even just reduce the symtoms of autism then fuck yeah, I’d take it and I wouldn’t feel one iota of guilt for doing so. Harry would still be Harry. Except maybe a little less anxious, a little less controlling, and almost certainly a lot more  self-confident, and so while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having autism, there’s also absolutely nothing wrong with wishing there was a magic little pill so that perhaps my son could have the chance to develop typically and grow up to be as confident and happy as he deserves to be.

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22 thoughts on “What If There Was A Magic Pill For Autism?

  1. It’d be wonderful if at some stage a little preventative pill was invented! But mom’s shouldn’t beat themselves up over what happened during pregnancy with vitamins. This is a great post as always lovely to raise awareness. Thanks for linking up with us at #BloggerClubUK x

  2. Wow that’s an interesting post. As a mummy of a little boy with asd it gets me thinking. He has type 1 and I give him insulin or he would not survive. But a pill to stop asd seems different. It’s a very hard subject area and a very interesting post to read I never think anyone would have the answer #bloggerclubuk

  3. I don’t think anyone would NOT take this pill…as much as we love our children and everything that comes with them, anything that would make their life easier we would do in a second….and autism does not make life easy for children or adults, it’s a oonstant stuggle…good luck you mama, you are amazing #bestandworst.

  4. Such a simple link, I wonder if taking supplements really could help unborn babies developing autism? I’ve always thought more time in the sunshine was secretly good for everyone. #MarvMondays & TwinklyTuesday

  5. We do medicate for ADHD, we find our eldest gets less upset with himself and can cope better. I guess the difficult thing with autism is some autistic people say you can’t separate them from their autism. Now if there was a magic pill that could make things less difficult… maybe that’s what we are after? That’s what the ADHD one does.

  6. I couldn’t agree with you more. If only there were a magic pill, for so many things…. Why wouldn’t we take it? No contoversy here for me…I would do whatever I could for my kinder, and it soundls as though so would you. You are indeed a #stayclassymama Mwah ❤ ❤ ❤

  7. I agree with you – my son also has ASD and if he could take something to make the more difficult aspects of the condition disappear I would absolutely do it . Although as I write this I realise we have decided not to Medicate him against his ADHD. But that seems different somehow….

    • Yeah I’ve heard the side effects for ADHD medication can make the person feel even worse so I can totally understand that and I think ADHD medication is a while other topic of which I know nothing about so I would never judge anyone for their personal choice on that either way x

      • Yeah, it was funny tho I totally agreed with you and then I was writing I realised I did have the choice to give him a pill to take away some symptoms..but of course that’s the difference between reality and hypothesis. Great post tho- really got me thinking

  8. Yes I agree – the question is ‘would you take a pill to make life easier for your child’. Maybe there is a link who knows? Once again a brilliantly honest post about autism and how it effects your family #stayclassymama

  9. Thought provoking post. I think that most of us would always choose to do anything we could that might potentially make life easier for our children. Thats not to say that an autistic child is going to have a hard life, but isn’t part of our job to remove as many obstacles as we can? Interesting #stayclassy

  10. That would be amazing. In fact, if there was a pill that could cure (or at least help with) all illnesses, I think that most parents would want one. Great post #stayclassymama

  11. Not being in that situation I can’t even begin to know what I would say but as me, now I honestly think before reading this I’d have sat here virtuously saying ‘I wouldn’t use it I would love my child just the way they are’ but after reading this I remember that autism isn’t just a title. It’s something that a whole family lives and maybe I’d think a little differently now. #coolmumblog

  12. I think there’s always that bit of us that has the what if in them. I’d absolutely take it because although my son doesn’t have ASD I’ve worked with children that do and you’re right as far as I’m concerned. They would still be the same children, autism isn’t who they are, only their hearts wouldn’t feel like they were breaking so often. #CoolMumClub

  13. Wow wouldn’t this be absolutely incredible. I do often wonder with all our advances in the field of medicine and science whether this could be possible. Let’s really hope that it is. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

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