What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) is a safe, non-invasive way to get more oxygen into the body at the cellular level by using pressurized air chambers and has been used since 2004 for some patients diagnosed with autism.
How does this help a child with autism?
When a typical person focuses on a task or speaking, the brain is doing more work and there is an increase in blood flow to the brain. This increase in the blood flow to the brain supplies the brain with more oxygen and glucose, giving the cells their needed energy to perform their task.
In children with autism, several studies have demonstrated that there is diminished blood flow in the brain to start with and when attempting to perform a task the blood flow does not increase resulting in an increased need for oxygen and glucose.
What will HBOT do for my child?
- It removes toxins, such as heavy metals from the body.
- It reduces inflammation in the brain
- It builds new capillaries in the brain.
- It reduces the inflammation in the gut
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
There are two types of mild HBOT therapy currently being used by physicians:
- 100% oxygen – used in clinic only
- Ambient or concentrated oxygen – used at home
Filtered ambient air is used with an additional oxygen concentrator to safely administer oxygen to the body. Allowing more oxygen to penetrate otherwise oxygen deficient areas enables the body to carry out oxygen dependent processes by dissolving oxygen directly into the blood, plasma and cerebrospinal fluids.
Is this therapy right for my child?
Please keep in mind that some of these therapies require a face mask or hood and your child may not be comfortable with this equipment. Some doctors have units that are wired for music or watching videos which may make it more enjoyable for your child. Although in chambers providing 100% oxygen, electronics of any kind are not allowed due to safety issues.
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