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10 Tips to Keeping Your Autistic Child Out of the Fridge and Pantry

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If your autistic child has a tendency to open the fridge in the middle of the night, eat or drink most of the food you have in there, stack up the boxes or generally just cause a mess, you might want to use any or all of these tips to ensure you are the one in control of your refrigerator's contents.

Autistic children are special. Technically all children are, but when it comes to autism, despite how people unaware of the truth view it, they truly are special. Colorful in a way that is hard to describe. They do not suffer from a curable disease but are born with a genetic disorganization of the brain's wiring that could cause behavior that is atypical or result in functioning problems which are aggravated by the environment. Parents report that keeping children away from the city pollution has a major impact on correcting antisocial behavior. The foods that are served to these kids also have immense influence on their ability to function in a socially acceptable manner.

When it comes to keeping things in your fridge and your autistic children out, some help might be appreciated. Parents on an autism support group on Facebook provided some answers to the question asked.

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How can I keep my little one away from the contents inside my fridge?

  1. If your fridge is in a kitchen that has a lockable door, you are in luck. Put a childproof lock on and enjoy the results.
  2. If your fridge can be moved, put it in a room that can be locked. This way, no one is locked in or out of the kitchen, and the kids cannot get to the content in the fridge.
  3. For the parents who have rope lying around, tying the fridge up might be a good way to prevent midnight snacking and kitchen chaos.
  4. Parents have also used bungee cords and chains with padlocks to keep the fridge doors locked up.
  5. Ratchet straps are also an option for keeping the door shut.
  6. Put something heavy in front of the fridge.
  7. Turn the fridge around if it is not too heavy.
  8. Use elastic bands on your pantry doors.
  9. Use Padlocks and chains on cabinet doors.
  10. Keep one fridge for your child, filled with a few things you would like him to eat and drink. Place another fridge in the garage or a room he can't get into. This way, you might just get the best of both worlds and as little mess to contend with as possible.

Here is one great fridge lock from Amazon.com.

The child may be eating due to sensory issues, boredom or as a side effect of medications. Parents will need to find the best activities that redirect the behavior. Sometimes that includes removing favorite foods from sight. Other times it includes giving sensory toys to play with which cause a perfect distraction. Each child is different and their needs should be accommodated for accordingly.

Being a parent is hard enough without having to deal with many of the autistic symptoms. It is a good thing this particular behavior is not overly disruptive and easily handled. The biggest problem? Most of your solutions may stop your little one, but they might make your own life much harder in the long run. Then again, better to keep your autistic children away from the contents of your refrigerator and ensure you have enough food to feed the family, your kitchen is clean and your groceries are intact than waking up to a mess and coming home to starving little ones.



When he doesn't get his way, he turns the fridge off. Then, we have tied the s/s handles and he even pulls out the wire from the plug, if we cover the plug. What can we do besides place the fridge in the garage?
I have two autistic children. U struggledon't with this first a long time because one of the autistic boys learns how undo the white child safety lock I used to use on the fridge. So I cam up with a cheap hack. Use a hanger. Put it through the handles then twist them together likeep u would a breaday tie. Then take a lock (you can get one for a dollar at the dollar tree. ) lock it onto the part that is twisted.