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post #21 of 28

I am glad it all worked out. I was going to say that maybe if the two of you could just communicate what went on for you and your expectations and how maybe they felt when you were upset with them,it could all be worked out!

post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by swd12422 View Post

 

But really, I don't blame you for getting so upset. IDK how you were raised, but my parents didn't give us junk like that all the time. And yet I can totally see this same thing happening with my kids where I am left incredulous that anyone, let alone my own parents, think it's fine to give such a tiny person such an enormous drink and not expect them to puke.

 

Why? I've seen dozens of kids drink this kind of stuff (or eat fairly large quantities of candies that are loaded with sugar and dyes) without puking. Lots of kids do eat and drink this kind of thing, even at quite young ages, and don't go around puking. I certainly never got sick from eating too much crap, but I definitely did eat too much crap (not from my parents, and not with their knowledge). A lot of people just don't see these things as an issue.

 

I'd be upset that my child was sick, but I wouldn't go off on someone over it. Everyone has different rules, guidelines, beliefs, etc. about food, including junk food and treats.

post #23 of 28
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Why? I've seen dozens of kids drink this kind of stuff (or eat fairly large quantities of candies that are loaded with sugar and dyes) without puking. Lots of kids do eat and drink this kind of thing, even at quite young ages, and don't go around puking. I certainly never got sick from eating too much crap, but I definitely did eat too much crap (not from my parents, and not with their knowledge). A lot of people just don't see these things as an issue.

 

I'd be upset that my child was sick, but I wouldn't go off on someone over it. Everyone has different rules, guidelines, beliefs, etc. about food, including junk food and treats.

Your nailed it! I think everyone has different rule and guidelines. I think if children are no use to consuming lots of sugars and dyes they probably would get sick as the OP's child did. As a school teacher I too saw lots of kids consume food I would not even think of trying and be okay.

post #24 of 28

glad I am seeing this now so have all the updates.

 

my first question was  - a "large" slushie drink. that means 16 oz for a FOUR year old?!!! YIKES!!! pure sugar and red! double YIKES

my second question was - does this person have kids?

 

its really really hard for those who are not so intuitive to think like a child without the experience.

 

glad things worked out. perhaps one day you guys can laugh over your reactions, at yourselves  - esp. when ur dd went to sleep AND woke up happy as a clam :)

post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post

 

Why? I've seen dozens of kids drink this kind of stuff (or eat fairly large quantities of candies that are loaded with sugar and dyes) without puking. Lots of kids do eat and drink this kind of thing, even at quite young ages, and don't go around puking. I certainly never got sick from eating too much crap, but I definitely did eat too much crap (not from my parents, and not with their knowledge). A lot of people just don't see these things as an issue.

 

I'd be upset that my child was sick, but I wouldn't go off on someone over it. Everyone has different rules, guidelines, beliefs, etc. about food, including junk food and treats.


Unfortunately it's not just about junk food and other kids being able to handle it. Artificial dyes actually cleave DNA in half; they are used in laboratories when that action is desired for experimentation. They are a chemical additive and good for nothing but visuals. Junk food is junk, whether you puke from it or not. I'm not super uptight with my child but why give our loved ones junk when we don't have to?

 

And of course this knowledge is not "out there" in the general public, and I'm in total agreement that the apology from both sides was great. Then education has to follow, which is always super tricky.

 

At least we can learn from this that we do have to educate our caretakers if we know and care about food issues.

post #26 of 28

I'm glad it all worked out. I would've reacted the exact same way. I was just thinking today: our son is 3 and has never had any artificial colors....yet. I am so happy about that. But yeah, that bubble's bound to burst, right? I get a little paranoid about artificial ingredients, especially coloring, in children's food (well in my food too, but less so as my body's much bigger and not still developing). So I fully sympathize and don't even blame you at all for freaking out. But yeah, apology necessary and so glad she did too, as I would also expect that.

 

I thought this was also an excellent point:

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Originally Posted by pek64 View Post


Oh if you point out to the child that the nausea and vomiting was caused by too much sugar and artificial coloring, she might start policing her own food intake. My son did at 3 1/2.

 

Don't know how long ago this was but you can talk to her about it and maybe it will really teach her how to regulate her own food. The physical memory of puking red is imprinted in her and may really help her to avoid artificial coloring on her own, which as you know she will have to make more and more of her own food decisions....and we can only try our best to teach them to make wise ones.

 

Good luck!

post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by redheather View Post


Unfortunately it's not just about junk food and other kids being able to handle it. Artificial dyes actually cleave DNA in half; they are used in laboratories when that action is desired for experimentation. They are a chemical additive and good for nothing but visuals. Junk food is junk, whether you puke from it or not. I'm not super uptight with my child but why give our loved ones junk when we don't have to?

 

And of course this knowledge is not "out there" in the general public, and I'm in total agreement that the apology from both sides was great. Then education has to follow, which is always super tricky.

 

At least we can learn from this that we do have to educate our caretakers if we know and care about food issues.

 

I was only responding to the poster who said she'd be incredulous. This kind of thing is very common.

post #28 of 28

I would be annoyed by a trashy treat but I am pretty clear on what are acceptable treats for the "bad judgement" grandma. It was problem the volume of the treat that she reacted to rather than the food dye.

 

But yes, flipping out is probably too strong and deserves a brief apology.

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