Hot tubs improve autism symptoms

Hot Tubbing Improves Autism Symptoms. This news will be a surprise for many parents with autistic children. 

In a new study, immune system regulation was linked to hot water bathing. Researchers have discovered that soaking in a 102-degree hot tub can improve the social behaviour of children with autism, another in a long line of scientific confirmation of health benefits from hot tubbing.

The study, led by Dr. Eric Hollander, compared the behaviour of 15 children after soaking in 98-degree water and the behavior of the same children after soaking in 102-degree water.

The behaviours were significantly improved after the hotter sessions. Hollander is director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program at Montefiore Medical Centre in New York City.

The improvement is similar to behaviour changes when children have a fever, widely reported by parents. The researchers say the heat triggers the body's release of anti-inflammatory signals. Inflammation that results from an overactive immune system is linked to autism.

Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. The symptoms can be very traumatic for parents and their children who have been diagnosed with autism.

The two novel projects will be presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

For the bath study, 15 children with autism spent alternate days soaking in a 102-degree hot tub versus a 98-degree hot tub.  The findings showed that social behaviours improved on the 102-degree hot tub days.