Symptom Check

I have listed some of the common symptoms/behaviors that autistic children experience below, and some of the reasons that these symptoms may be occurring.  This list is not comprehensive nor conclusive.  The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any health condition and is not a replacement for treatment by a healthcare provider.

Acne – zinc deficiency, vitamin imbalance, allergies

Aggression – GI inflammation, bacteria overgrowth (ie clostridia), low cholesterol, Lyme disease, B-vitamin deficiency, magnesium deficiency, Omega 3 deficiency, Allergies, headaches, seizure activity, heavy metal toxicity

Always Hungry – Food malabsorption, parasites (worms), mito dysfunction, mineral deficiency

Always sick – Vitamin/mineral imbalance, allergies, Yeast overgrowth, zinc deficiency, Vitamin D deficiency, GI inflammation/immune dysfunction

Anemic – Iron deficiency, Vitamin D deficiency, Folate deficiency, B-12 deficiency, GI inflammation (gluten intolerance, celiac, bacterial infection)

Anxiety – Vitamin/mineral imbalance, PANS/PANDAS, magnesium deficiency, Thyroid dysfunction,

Apraxia – Vitamin deficiency and/or Fatty Acid deficiency, Lip/Tongue tie

Bad breath – zinc deficiency

Black Stool – Bleeding in the upper GI tract, Iron supplementation

Bloating – Constipation, Gas, Histamine intolerance, allergies, clostridia overgrowth

Body odor (sweet) – zinc deficiency

Body temperature instabilty – Mitochondrial dysfunction, thyroid disorder, adrenal stress

Bruise easily – EFA deficiency, Iron deficiency, Vitamin K deficiency, Vitamin C deficiency, Folate deficiency, Vitamin B12 deficiency

Chapped lips – vitamin B deficiency, yeast overgrowth

Chewing – vitamin/mineral imbalance, parasites (worms)

Climb Furniture – Phenol overload, Yeast overgrowth

Cold hands/feet – Zinc deficiency, thyroid disorder

Cold intolerance – Mitochondrial dysfunction, thyroid disorder, adrenal stress

Constipation – GI Inflammation, Allergies, Yeast overgrowth, magnesium deficiency, Clostridia overgrowth

Cracks at corner of mouth – zinc deficiency

Crave certain foods – Allergies,  Yeast overgrowth, opioid addiction (dairy, gluten)

Cry easily – Mineral deficiency, Phenol overload, adrenal fatigue

Dark circles under eyes – Allergies, Phenol overload (phenol sulfotransferase deficiency), Yeast overgrowth, Adrenal fatigue, low iron (anemia)

Defiant – Yeast overgrowth, allergies, low cholesterol, Lyme disease

Delayed Growth – Mitochondrial dysfunction

Diaper rash – Allergies to food, Allergies to something on the skin (soap, lotion), Yeast overgrowth, Psoriasis due to infection

Diarrhea – GI Inflammation, Allergies, Yeast overgrowth, magnesium deficiency, Clostridia overgrowth

Doesn’t Talk – Vitamin/mineral imbalance, EFA deficiency, Yeast overgrowth, verbal apraxia, hearing impairment

Drool – low muscle tone (hypotonia), palsy

Eats a lot – Food malabsorption, parasites (worms), mito dysfunction, mineral deficiency

Eczema – Allergies to food, Allergies to something on the skin (soap, detergent on clothing), Essential Fatty Acid deficiency, Yeast overgrowth, Psoriasis due to infection

Eye Movement Issues – Cranial nerve damage (Sixth Nerve Palsy), Oculomotor Dysfunction

Eye Rolling –  See Tics

Eye Stimming –  Vitamin A deficiency, yeast overgrowth, bacteria overgrowth, high oxalates, EFA deficiency, high viral load, Oculomotor Dysfunction

Fatigue – mitochondrial disorder, EMF sensitivity, magnesium deficiency, zinc deficiency, iron deficiency, allergies, gluten intolerance, LYME, Oculomotor Dysfunction

Food Allergies/Intolerance – Histamine intolerance, Enzyme deficiency, GI inflammation

Gas – GI Inflammation, Allergies, Yeast overgrowth, magnesium deficiency, clostridia overgrowth

Gray Hair – Hair follicle stops creating melanin.  Nutritional deficiency.  Scientists have not discovered the exact reasons, but it could be from B vitamin deficiency (B5, B6, B12, Biotin), Zinc deficiency, D deficiency, Iron Deficiency.  Also thyroid issues.

Green Stool – Food moving too quickly through large intestine, allergies, green food coloring

Hair loss – zinc deficiency, vitamin B deficiency

Hand Flapping –  Phenol overload, sensitivity to food coloring, vitamin/mineral deficiency, virus, yeast overgrowth, bacteria overgrowth

Headaches – Magnesium deficiency, Iron deficiency, Allergies/food intolerance, MSG intolerance, Bartonella, LYME, Oculomotor Dysfunction

Head Banging/Hitting –  (See Headaches or GI pain) – Vitamin/mineral deficiency, GI inflammation, allergies

Heat intolerance – Mitochondrial dysfunction, thyroid disorder, adrenal stress, underlying infection

Heavy Sweating or Night Sweating – Allergies, Babesia, Lyme disease, Mito dysfunction, heavy metal toxicity

Hives – Strep (PANDAS), yeast overgrowth, Mast Cell Activation Disorder

Hyperactive – Yeast overgrowth, Phenol overload, sensitivity to food coloring, PANDAS/PANS, Omega 3 deficiency, low carnitine, Oculomotor Dysfunction

Inattentive – Vitamin/mineral imbalance, Omega 3 deficiency, allergies, Yeast overgrowth, low carnitine, Oculomotor Dysfunction

Irritable – B-vitamin deficiency, magnesium deficiency, PANDAS/PANS

IgE Allergies (many) – Undermethylation

IgG Allergies (many) – GI inflammation/leaky gut

Itchy anus – Parasites (worms),  Yeast overgrowth

Joint Pain – Allergies, LYME

Keratosis Pilaris – Allergies, Vitamin A deficiency, EFA deficiency, Fatty acid oxidation disorder

Large motor delay – Mitochondrial dysfunction

Laughing at inappropriate times – Yeast overgrowth, Phenol overload

Lick things – Parasites (worms), zinc deficiency, PANDAS tic, introducing digestive enzymes, yeast overgrowth, high oxalates

Lining things up – Vitamin/mineral imbalance, PANS/PANDAS

Look out of corner of eyes – Vitamin A deficiency, high viral load, EFA deficiency, Oculomotor Dysfunction

Low muscle tone – Mitochondrial dysfunction, High viral load (coxsackie), vitamin/mineral deficiency, low carnitine

Motion Sickness – B-vitamin deficiency, Oculomotor Dysfunction

Mouth Sensitivity – B-vitamin deficiency, zinc deficiency

Nail Biting – Parasites (worms), B-vitamin deficiency, low serotonin levels

Never gets sick – Overactive immune system (not a good thing)

Night Sweats – (detox mechanism) Allergies, high viral load

Obsessions/Compulsions (OCD) – Vitamin/mineral imbalance, PANS/PANDAS, Yeast overgrowth, B-vitamin deficiency

Peeling Nails – Vitamin/mineral deficiency

Peeling skin at nails – B2 deficiency

Peeling skin (like sunburnt) – Bartonella

Peeling skin on fingers – Strep (PANDAS), Hand/Foot/Mouth Disease, Coxsackie, Yeast overgrowth, allergy.

PICA (putting inedible things in the mouth) – Mineral deficiency; Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, etc.

Pick at lips -Vitamin/mineral deficiency, PANS/PANDAS, Yeast overgrowth

Picky Eater  – Allergies, zinc deficiency, B-vitamin deficiency

Pimply rash – Yeast overgrowth, food allergy/intolerance, oxalate issues

Plug ears – Mineral deficiency, Yeast overgrowth, bacteria overgrowth

Poor appetitie – B1 deficiency, yeast overgrowth, clostridia overgrowth

Poor Coordination – B-vitamin deficiency

Potty training trouble – Allergies, Yeast overgrowth

Press abdomen against things – Gastrointestinal discomfort/pain

Red cheeks – Phenol sensitivity, allergy

Red Ring around Anus – Yeast overgrowth

Red stool – bleeding in the lower GI tract, red food coloring

Red Streaks on skin – Bartonella

Reflux – Allergies, low muscle tone due to mitochondrial dysfunction, vitamin/mineral deficiency

Repetative Behaviors – Vitamin/mineral imbalance, Phenol overload

Rock back and forth – Magnesium deficiency

Sandy Stool – Oxalate dumping

Scream/Screech –  Yeast overgrowth

Sensitive to light – Magnesium deficiency, zinc deficiency, Vitamin B deficiency

Sensitive to noise – Magnesium deficiency, zinc deficiency

Sensitive to smell – zinc deficiency

Sensitive to taste – zinc deficiency

Sleep Troubles – Reflux, Phenol overload, seizures, parasites (worms), Thyroid dysfunction, EMF sensitivity, artificial light sensitivity (not making melatonin), high histamine, zinc deficiency, B-vitamin deficiency, Omega 3 deficiency, low Iron, low blood sugar (wake up in middle of night).

Smelly Feet – zinc deficiency

Smelly Urine (Ammonia) – Dehydration, UTI, bacteria overgrowth (ie clostridia), diet high in protein. Highly concentrated urine from being held a long time; high oxalates can make urination painful.

Spin – Yeast overgrowth, bacteria overgrowth, high oxalates, EFA deficiency

Spitting – Parasites (worms), yeast overgrowth

Stare at lights/fans/wheels – Vitamin A deficiency, EFA deficiency, high viral load, Oculomotor Dysfunction – Vision Problems 

Stare into space – Seizures, allergies

Stretch Marks on Skin – Bartonella, Pyroluria (vitamin/mineral imbalance)

Teeth grinding – Vitamin/mineral deficiency, parasites (worms), magnesium deficiency, TMJ

Tics – Vitamin/mineral imbalance (magnesium), PANDAS/PANS, bacteria overgrowth, Lyme disease, seizure activity, allergies, copper metabolism disorder

Toe Walking – GI inflammation, reaction to food coloring and/or preservatives, yeast overgrowth

Undigested food in stool – Lack of enzymes to break down food

Visual stimming – Vitamin A deficiency, EFA deficiency, high viral load, Vision Problems

Vocal stimming – Allergies, yeast overgrowth, high viral load, PANS/PANDAS

Vomit – Allergies, PANDAS (strep), eating late

Wet the bed – Allergies, oxalate dumping, mineral deficiency, yeast die-off

White spots on nails – mineral deficiency (zinc)

White Stool – Lack of bile in stool

Yellow Stool – Fat malabsorption due to low bile production from liver, Yeast overgrowth, Oxalate dumping


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23 Responses to Symptom Check

  1. Padma says:

    Fantastic list. I was searching for something else too. Non stop circling and throwing things on the floor and standing on them. Any idea?

  2. sarah says:

    What a fantastic list.
    I remember as a kid i would spit on the ground and then go around it in xircles over and over ,
    Also I would would the square gap inbetween two hallways where they met in my house, walking around over and over touching each edge many many times before i could be pryed away from it.
    I often wonder what these things were. .

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  4. Alicia says:

    I am so thankful for this list and sharing it with everyone I can! It has given me such hope that yeast is our issue as it was listed beside every symptom I agreed with for my son. We are working on healing through diet and homeopathy and I am hopeful!! Thanks!

  5. Padma says:

    hey sarah, I found out the answers for the question that i asked you earlier. See my question above. The answers is overgrowth of yeast causes them to do non stop circling and throwing things on the floor. It stopped after i fix her yeast. 🙂

  6. Janice says:

    Excellent list!!!!

  7. Hi Padma,

    I was wondering what experience/insight you can give me for a problem eater; my son is very, very picky due to textures. I know for sure he has a yeast overgrowth issue but I can’t get him to eat anything other than foods that wreak havoc on him and feed that overgrowth.

    • Padma says:

      Hi, I have the same issues still but its a big process unfortunately. Anyway few things we got to remember that reducing the yeast issue alone won’t solve the problem especially with all picky eaters. What exactly happens is, we are trying to cut the source of the yeast (food) but their gut is still not really functioning well. So if their food is not getting digested properly, they their body itself produces toxic chemicals. Its not just because of outside food. All these days i was trying to do all treatments for my autistic kid without much improvement but now i am totally tackling it in a different approach and i really see improvement after 3 years. And its happening fast also which gives me so much hope that i am in the right track. These things i started recently only after doing lots of research.

      Let me share with you what my plan of action is:

      Early morning: Empty stomach i started giving her Himalayan salt sole water 1 tsp with normal water. After 30 minutes regular food…
      Main reason: I am making her body alkaline so that no toxic can reside in it.

      Then during the same day i am giving 2 oz of wheatgrass juice. It helps to remove toxic from her body (she is a constipated kid)..


      Apple cider vinegar soaking bath – Weekly once right now ( once she is okay i will do it weekly twice) Helps with again yeast / allergies etc

      Daily 20 mins epsom salt foot soak – > for magnesium issues

      I keep changing the soaking bath regularly. I have list of soaking bath recipes for heavy metals detox / mineral deficiency / flu / cold / eczema etc…:)

      Also i have started doing sensory games for her..Week 1 30 minutes to 1 hour and slowly i increase it to 3 hours ..Trust me …whatever treatments was not able to achieve so far, i am able to do it lot within a month..

      Now she is able to understand lots of things, became expert in puzzles, listening to some extent, stimming has reduced to some extent..still having OCD but we are in a good shape..

      I will surely say we have reduced atleast ATEC 20 points in a month or so. We are actually seeing fast gains now. I am 100% confident that in another 6 months i will be able to make her eat most of the items..

      My suggestion for you first would be try willburg brushing protocol for him. Tactile sensory issue and oral defensiveness issues play a major role with all picky eaters even though it is basically triggered by yeast.

      Check with his doctor whether you can use apple cider vinegar. My pediatrician, homeopath as well as bio medical doctor told me to use it. So i hope your doctor allows is. It will surely bring the yeast down..



  8. Katarzyna says:

    Hi Padma. Reluctantly to changes- is there uderlying biomedical issue please?

  9. Shelley says:

    Hi Lisa, Please reply with your email address. I’d be happy to correspond. I’ll make sure not to publish it.

  10. Audra says:

    Can you let me know what panda stands for?

  11. Martina Ami Awuni says:

    Good information for me in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Am happy that parents in our parts of the world is sharing information to help some who can not easily get it

  12. Yewande says:


    Please can anyone help me? We live in England son is 17 almost severe autism. He’s on a restrictive diet no wheat sugars casein gluten and other sensitivities to food. He is a big eater and I’ve definitely exhausted that and am now working on cutting down his food little by little. I’m also cutting down on cold pressed pineapple juice which whore now I diluted 50/50 with filtered water. I am now going back to 6parts coconut water 1 part juice and 3parts water. He has recently come through really horrible constipation and diahorrea phase which we haven’t seen for a while. I cook organic free range meat, responsibly sourced fish and lots of broth and fish tea using salmon head. I don’t know where else to turn. His sleep is erratic. Please advise if you can. Thanks

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