Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy for children with autism viable?

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As hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) has been indicated to treat such illnesses and disorders such as Decompression sickness (the bends), arterial gas embolism, and the haling of problem wounds, there have been discoveries lately through trials and tests that it may help in the treatment of ASD (autism spectrum disorders).

Though these test is promising it still hasn’t received the full backing of the FDA as it is still in the research stage and more conclusive evidence is needed before the FDA will consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy for children with autism.

Depending on your diagnosis treatment can last from about 1 and a half hours to 2 hours per treatment session as not only can the body not take more than that but you can only take a bottle of water with you into the tank.

And it can be between twenty and forty sessions for total therapy treatment.

By forcing you to breath in a tank, where the oxygen levels are raised to three times higher than normal, you end up breathing more oxygen per breath which increases the blood oxygen levels which in turn helps you to heal faster and increasing blood flow into areas that usually receive minimal oxygen-enriched blood can cause better healing there as well.

Increase the oxygen dissolved in your blood is the effect of HBOT.

HBOT increases the speed in which you can heal by exposing you to an environment of up to three times the normal pressure of pure oxygen.

Exposing 100% of your wound to this environment causes the faster healing process as most diseases and illnesses can use pure oxygen to heal itself.

The cost involved in this treatment varies from state to state as well as country to country as per the availability of this treatment chambers at each facility.

If you are in an area that has more than one tank, the price will be lower than one that only has one and there is no competition.

But that is in the private industry where availability dominates price as it is competition that counts, whereas if it is state it is all the same no matter how much is in the area.

If the FDA finally approves hyperbaric oxygen therapy for children with autism will the insurance cover it?

If all proof confirms that it is a viable treatment then they will cover it especially if it works out cheaper than the traditional meds and treatments available as per insurance everything costs.

What are the complications and or side effects of HBOT?

• Damages to the lung.
• The middle ear may rupture or fill with fluid
• Damage to the sinuses
• Myopia, shortsightedness, and other vision-related issues.
• Seizures
• Poisoning by oxygen
• Lungs can fill with fluid

The so-called home-based HBOT treatments are not a safe option at all so not even considering can you but must you should be considered.

As it is illegal to put an HBOT tank into your home for the home safety laws itself prevents that as per the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-99) regulations.