I've got a six year old with some very noticeable behavioral problems. She is prone to outbursts and fits of rage, most of those seem to revolve around her seeming inability to cope with frustration and hurt feelings and such. We've tried dealing with this in a number of ways and none of them have helped. I've read tons and tons of parenting books, tried different "consequences", tried reward programs, etc... and to no avail. My intuition is telling me to explore the food allergy avenue. I feel as if her outbursts are something she just can not control, she has even stated that "it's like my mind has a mind of it's own". Originally, this led me to believe maybe there were some deficiencies and I started her on a multi vitamin.... no real noticeable improvement there (behavior anyhow). Huge restrictions on the consumption of processed sugars led to some relief, but not at all like I had anticipated. Her sister is sensitive to gluten (breaks out in hives, and poor digestion), so when we took her off of gluten we took the 6 year old off as well and that didn't really do much to improve her behaviors either, so she's been eating gluten again for awhile now. Where do I start? Do I just go down the list of common allergy foods such as dairy, corn, nightshades, etc? eliminating until I find the answer?... and how often are children's behavior problems linked to sensitivities to food additives? Any experience/advice appreciated!
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