Hi my 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with high functioning autism in August 2017. She has never drunk much and says she never experiences thirst. This resulted in her being hospitalised this weekend for rehydration. Even though my daughter is very intelligent I can't get her to believe that she needs to drink more. Even though she ended up in hospital she had no physical shmptoms of dehydration, it was a blood test that highlighted it. As far as my daughter is concerned no physical symptoms = not important. Has anyone else any experience of no sensation of thirst with their ASC CHILD/adult? Thank you.
Thank you! (For this Thread.) I had no idea until reading it that my lifelong inability to feel hunger was in any way related to my recent ASD diagnosis!
It makes sense with what moggsysaid re. not paying attention to what our bodies are telling us. I have to deliberately schedule food into my day but it only works some of the time because I can't force myself to eat - I've tried that and it ends with severe stomach cramps.
As a teenager Anorexia was queried with me too but as I never made myself sick, hid food, or did many of the other things then associated with Anorexia, the idea was dropped. I can go through periods of eating a lot, too much over Xmas for instance, but I think that's because there are constant reminders about food at times like that. I never make a conscious effort NOT to eat, it just doesn't occur to me and I can't ever remember actually feeling hungry - at the most I feel guilt or surprise when I realise, for instance, that I've forgotten to eat for a day or so.