Asperger’s Syndrome – An Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. Kawthar ٍSadeiah

  • Monday 02, March 2020 11:18 AM
  • Asperger’s Syndrome – An Autism Spectrum Disorder
On the autism spectrum, Asperger’s falls on the milder side of autism Children with Asperger’s are bright and sensible, with abilities to carry out their daily life on their own. They do not require extra assistance from their parents or caregivers. Moreover, they do not have a speech delay and can communicate well with their parents and caregivers. Children with Asperger’s, discuss the topics of their interest non-stop.
These children only find it difficult to make friends. Their parents can find a noticeable lack of interest in social interactions. Besides, these children do not like changes, such as eating behavior or other daily routines.

How to maintain oral health in children with Asperger’s Syndrome:
• Just like any other child, parents/caregivers should not introduce sugar-loaded- caries causing diet, such as flavored milk, juices, cereals, etc. from an early age to children with Asperger.

• Parents/caregivers must not share their food and utensils (spoons/cups) with their children. This will transfer caries causing bacteria of their mouth to children’s mouth at a very early age.

• Parents/caregivers should start cleaning their child’s gums and later their baby teeth after every feed by gently wiping their gums with wet gauze or cleaning with damp (soaked in water) baby towel.

• Parents should use their positives (consistent behavior pattern) as an advantage, such as daily wiping the teeth and gums or brushing at specified times from an early age. This will build a habit in these children from a very early age.

• Parents should allow these children to observe them while they (parents) are brushing and flossing their teeth.

• Parents/caregivers, should smile and talk with their child while they are cleaning children’s teeth.

• Do not introduce fluoride toothpaste before the age of 4-years. Children learn to spit only after five-years of age. If children cannot be able to spit, then they might swallow toothpaste while brushing. Excessive fluoride can cause white patches (fluorosis) on children’s permanent teeth.