Soy Infant Formula may be Associated with Autistic Behaviors
Cara J Westmark*
Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Cara J Westmark
Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin
Medical Sciences Center, Room 3671
1300 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706 USA
Tel: (608) 262-9730
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date October 09, 2013; Accepted date November 12, 2013; Published date November 18, 2013
Citation: Westmark CJ (2013) Soy Infant Formula may be Associated with Autistic Behaviors. Autism 3:120. doi:10.4172/2165-7890.1000120
Copyright: © 2013 Westmark CJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The effects of soy-based infant formulas on childhood development are not well understood. This exploratory study evaluates the severity of autistic behaviors in association with the use of soy-based infant formula in a population of high-functioning autistic children. Medical record data were analyzed from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative Simplex Collection, which included data on infant formula use and autism diagnostic scores for 1,949 autistic children. We found exploratory associations between the use of soy-based infant formula and several autistic behaviors as assessed by line-item analysis of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist, Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule. This study provides preliminary data that the use of soy-based infant formula may be associated with specific autistic behaviors.