Does Food Affect Your Child's Behavior?

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Does Food Affect Your Child's Behavior?
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Sun, 11-07-2010 - 10:09pm

We took food dyes out of my son's diet many years ago b/c he was having meltdowns and would just get 'keyed up' so often.

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Registered: 06-09-2005

This is something my DH & I have discussed, but we've never followed through with it. I think basically because I don't know how to implement it. Any tips?


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Registered: 10-08-2004
I just do alot of reading. I learned things had food dyes in them that I never would have imagined, vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding, some chocolate syrups. It was pretty shocking. I buy stoneyfield yogurt mainly now but there are some yoplaits that don't have dyes. Natural cheetos, white mac n cheese...those are just some things. I look for things that have beet juice as a dye and other natural dyes. Even apple toaster strudels have dyes in them, nuts. I also do alot of making things myself.

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Registered: 06-04-2003

Absolutely for my oldest.

I went natural last year as much as we could- we did no high fructose corn syrup, no MSG, no additives/perservatives, etc. We added fish pills and vitamins to their diet.

That was very expensive and took alot of effort. But it did help. I am trying to get back to that again.

I have switched to whole wheat bread and pasta and brown rice. I pay the extra money for ice cream that is milk/cream/sugar instead of all the words I can't read. I don't force it on my friends though. My kids eat whatever when they are at friends houses. Except for what he drinks.

My son can not have sugary drinks - they make him very ill - headache and stomach pains immediately. My friends sort of rolled their eyes at me and have gotten my son slurpees before and had to call me because he is so ill. He just needs water and 30 minutes to recover.

He has to eat by 9am every morning and eat his meals on time or he get really sick.

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Registered: 08-27-2007

My son had a life threatening allergy to red dye.

It was in all antiboitics. when he got sick he had to get it given through an IV.

We avoid red dyes still, but he isnt severely allergic anymore.

              *Praying for my best friend, my Dad*


 &n

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Registered: 03-09-2009

Has your DS ever been tested for diabetes or even just hypoglycemia?