Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) is a condition that establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. When GAPS affects children it can be rather serious. In line with GAPS belief, if a child is experiencing a psychological condition then it is likely they will also be experiencing physical conditions.
According to GAPS theory, it is believed that children with GAPS are born with normal brain function and normal sensory function. Children learn to communicate and behave by using their sensory functions to collect information from the environment and then pass it to the brain to be processed.
What can go wrong with development?
When a child has GAPS their brains are clogged with toxicity and are unable to process the information coming from the sensory organs. This inhibits the child’s learning. Depending on the toxicity and the nature of the psychological problem, the child may develop autism, hyperactivity, dyslexia, or a mixture of symptoms. Entering other organs the toxins could also affect adverse physical problems in a child, such as; eczema, asthma, bed wetting, celiac disease and others.
I would like to point out that I am not saying that GAPS is always the cause of psychological or medical conditions in children. However, sometimes the symptoms may be present and GAPS may be the reason for this. In any case it is worth giving GAPS treatment (the GAPS diet) a go to see if symptoms can be relieved.
A typical GAPS scenario for a child would involve a mother with dysbiosis (imbalance of bacteria in the digestive tract), from which the baby does not develop normal gut flora. Hence the immune system is compromised and infections can easily be caught. The infection and antibiotic treatment can cause further immune system damage. The gut wall can be compromised and toxins begin to enter the body and the brain (explained in a simplest possible way), which causes learning difficulties and collective symptoms described in GAPS condition.
It’s good to be aware of this process, for mothers especially, so that sufficient efforts can be made to keep gut health in check so to eliminate the chance of children having gut flora inbalnaces.
As a certified GAPS practitioner I am seeing children and I help them to adapt with the GAPS treatment, which has shown to reduce many of the symptoms associated with prelonged gut dysfunction and general toxicity.