Hot Tubbing Improves Autism Symptoms Reports New Study

Autism 2Hot Tubbing Improves Autism Symptoms. This news will be surprise news for many parents whose children suffer from autism.

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 behavior 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 behavior of 15 children after soaking in 98-degree water and the behavior of the same children after soaking in 102-degree water. The behaviors were significantly improved after the hotter sessions. Hollander is director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

The improvement is similar to behavior 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.  It is not a disease. The symptoms can be very traumatic for parents and their children who have been diagnosed with autism.

In another study by the same researchers, adults who swallowed whipworm eggs experienced improved symptoms – apparently because the presence of the harmless worms improves immune system regulation and reduces inflammation. But Spazazz Aromatherapy for your hot tub!

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 behaviors improved on the 102-degree hot tub days.

The results validate earlier reports that about one-third of people with autism show an improvement in symptoms when they are running a fever.

“Parents have said when their child got fevers, they see a marked improvement in autism,” said Rob Ring, Ph.D., chief science officer of Autism Speaks. “This has been reported for years. This study is just one angle you can take experimentally to get at whether this is a true response.”


 “We found these individuals had less discomfort associated with a deviation in their expectations,” Hollander told PsychCentral, an online mental health and psychology network. “They were less likely to have a temper tantrum or act out.”


The study was small, but the results were deemed valid enough to warrant further study. And, that’s really good news for all those who suffer from autism.


Author: Don Riling

4 responses to “Hot Tubbing Improves Autism Symptoms Reports New Study

  1. Hi,

    I am the mother of a 13 year old boy with severe autism. When we travel, we try to stay at hotels that have hot tubs and pools because my son LOVEs them. He is always so calm and relaxed after going from the hot tub and then into the cool pool.

    I would love to get one for him at home but we can’t swing the expense. We pay for biomedical tests, therapies and supplements out of pocket because it is not covered by insurance.

    My question is do you know if there are any grants or ways to get one for my son? I see the difference in him after being in a spa and I so appreciate your posting this study. I did make an inquiry at Make a Wish, but unfortunately autism is not considered life threatening.
    Thank you for your time.

    Stacey Gray

    1. Hello Stacey:
      Thanks for writing about your son.
      I am glad to hear that hot tubbing followed by a cool pool help him to relax and
      be calm.
      I wish I had better news for you on grants for therapy especially since he does
      not fit the criteria for Make A Wish. What about crowd source funding like Indiegogo? I have had many friends who financed their life dreams
      from crowd sourced funding sites like Indiegogo.

      I don’t know where you live, but the Freeflow line of plug-n-play hot tubs is so affordable.
      They’re coming out with a smaller one this spring that will be under $3,000. They’re reliable, durable, easy care and just plug into a standard wall outlet.

      I wish you all the best.

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