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Dairy and Behavior Problems, need advice in weaning! salicylate sensitvity?

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Hi All, My three year old LOVES his milk but after careful observation, I'm thinking that dairy may be the culprit for his hyperactivity and agressiveness. I am dairy free as well as my younger son so I'm well-versed on the substitutions and all that but I'm not having luck switching up his morning and evening/bedtime milk. He LOVES his milk at night and has had it as part of his routine.

 

We have tried flax milk and it's sweet, he is doing better at night without his milk..

 

Anyone notice a change post dairy-free?

 

I am noticing some difference but then he had a major blowout today after eating an apple and a peach and also wondering if he is sensitive to salicylates? He is NOT ADD or ADHD becuse he is an angel at school, just at home (he has a 1 year old brother).

 

Any advice would be really helpful, has anyone experienced this and what have you done to change?thumb.gif

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I would stick with one change at a time. Once the no dairy settles in you'll be able to see what changes stick and if it was truly a problem. If you pull 3 things (or more) it will be harder to know which really helped and which might not be necessary to pull.
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She's right - one thing at time so that you know what might be triggering it. There are preservatives in the milk so you wouldn't know whether it is the milk or the preservatives.

 

My first guess, though, would be the food dyes, etc. she is getting. It doesn't take much to set a small child off. Watch the video on the Feingold Assoc. homepage.  You will be amazed at what it can do.  My son stopped food dyes, etc.at age 4 and the difference was incredible.

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I would stick with one change at a time. Once the no dairy settles in you'll be able to see what changes stick and if it was truly a problem. If you pull 3 things (or more) it will be harder to know which really helped and which might not be necessary to pull.

 

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If anyone in your family or her father's family has an allergy to aspirin (even cousins) then salicylate is actually VERY likely (80% greater chance--but family history is not needed).  So it's a good next step for sure.  I know salicylates got a lot of press with Feingold and Feingold got a lot of press for being "the ADD/ADHD diet" but truthfully, there are plenty of people that suffer non-ADD/ADHD issues that have been resolved through Feingold--my house included.  It did nothing for ADD/ADHD but the problems it resolved were big enough for us to continue with it.

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