I've recently been stumped by DS's behavior and have begun wondering if it's related to sugar or food dye. He has been hitting and poking and generally hyper recently. His actions don't seem emotionally aggressive, more that he has this energy that he needs to get out. For example, when we meet up with his good friend for a play date he will sometimes "drum" his friends back too hard out of excitement, and other times give him a gentle hug. There are some days when he is NON-STOP, poking, hitting, running, swinging anything he can get his hands on, etc., etc. and other days when he is even tempered. Now, he is 3.5 and those LO's are known for their erratic behavior, but this seems a little extreme.
We eat whole, organic, non-processed foods for the most part. All of our snacks and treats come from natural food stores which I know is no guarantee... He started pre-school this year which includes snacks provided by parents and includes many things I would never buy, and cupcakes for birthdays, but I was willing to look the other way in the interest of his being a part of the group. The end of the year picnic the other day was the big light bulb moment for me though, they served a cake from the supermarket that had huge gobs of neon colored frosting on it! Today I noticed that part of his stool was an unnatural NEON GREEN color and he was SOOOOO difficult all day long. Does this make sense??
He had a dairy and egg intolerance at birth until about 2.5. He is a very sweet, connected, intuitive and happy kid but so much of that was not evident today!! Am I on the right track here? Would the earlier food intolerances indicate a greater sensitivity to sugar or additives/dye?