Originally Posted by jadefaerie
Hi! I'm new to the forum and struggling to find enough time to read everything I want to read! I'm feeling a little deperate and hope for a little guidance.
My DD is 5.5 years old. She's always been "Spirited" and "Sensitive" and we've just thought it was normal. However, now that she's older, her extreme behaviors are clearly not as normal as we thought.
I'm wondering if it could be a food-related sensitivity, but I'm not really sure how to figure it out.
Is it possible that a food sensitivity wouldn't cause any physical symptoms like rash? She gets gassy with dairy, for sure, but doesn't seem to have any other physical symptoms. But she gets out of control when things don't go her way sometimes, embarrassingly so, and she has an extremely difficult time with listening and focusing.
She eats so few foods as it is I'm not sure I can just cut anything out without compromising her diet. She's sensitive to smells and textures and won't try anything new (unless it's chocolate!)
Thanks for any insight! I'm getting to the point where I'm nervous to take her out places because I don't know if she'll have a breakdown and lose it and I feel awful!
Yes, yes kids can have behavior issues due to food or other, interrelated health issues. Today was not a fun day with my 6yo daughter, not really sure why, but I am grateful because every day used to be like today. Tantrums and whininess and not being able to calm herself down.
DD doesn't get rashes, some kids seem prone and some don't. DD doesn't, DS has gotten rashes for some foods but has only behavioral issues for gluten.
Looking at common food intolerances like gluten, dairy and soy (there could be others, but these are three common ones and are easier than the next people may suggest which is corn), and then food additives and salicylates (in things like raisins, berries, many fruits, almonds, an odd variety of real foods), are good places to start.
DS is intolerant of chocolate--a lot better now, but it's surprisingly common and I don't understand why but it seems to run in my family--at least 2 people in my extended family figured out they're sensitive to chocolate years ago.
For DD, removing gluten and dairy was good for her health--improved sleep, restarted naps at age 3.5yo, digestion improvements though her digestion wasn't horrible to start with, her tonsils got smaller, but that wasn't enough to change her tantrums and over-reactions. For a lot of people it is, so many people talk about behavior issues as being related to foods in one way or another, I'd start there, but if you don't see improvement, don't stop problem-solving, just come back for a few more ideas.