Autism has many different symptoms. Some kids with autism have very sensitive hearing. Others have very sensitive touch. The symptoms vary widely.
Children with autism have a hard time interacting with the world. Autism can make it difficult for a child to communicate with others. In turn, it can be a challenge to communicate with someone who has autism. What if there was something that could change all that?
Oxytocin isn’t called the “love hormone” for nothing. It’s a hormone that has an effect on love and has been referred to as the “cuddle chemical” and the “hug hormone” as well as plenty of other colorful descriptions.
A Small Test Trial Was Run With Good Results
A study was conducted with 32 autistic children. Some were administered a nasal spray that injected the Oxytocin right into the brain. The other children were given a placebo.
The children who were given the actual nasal spray did show improvement in their social behaviors. The research noted improved behaviors and social skills. The findings concluded that children with autism and children without autism have different levels of oxytocin.
Levels Of Oxytocin Determine Social Impairment
Children with low levels of Oxytocin have impaired social abilities. Knowing that, it just makes sense to try Oxytocin and watch their social abilities improve. Doctors would like more testing done, however.
Pediatrician Paul Wang said, “While it’s premature to give children oxytocin based on this small and limited trial, I think it shows the importance of studying such treatments in younger children. This is why early diagnosis is so important– so that treatment and treatment research can begin at the ages when it’s likely to make the most difference.”