allergies? - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 9 Old 01-05-2011, 03:13 PM - Thread Starter
 
lightinmyhands's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

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!

 

Love and Light,

Fury K.

lightinmyhands is offline  
#2 of 9 Old 01-05-2011, 05:01 PM
 
kjbrown92's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: CT
Posts: 10,755
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Your DD sounds a lot like the child of one of my neighbors. You say you took her off processed sugars. For this girl, it was pretty much all carbs, and any type of sweetener. It was basically a crash after having the sugar. And the girl is sooooo much different a year later. I'll ask her the name of the book.

 

Though for mood, my DS has big mood changes from soy, and right now I'm looking at carrots too. He used to cry uncontrollably after eating eggs. So food definitely could be a factor, though from what you said, I'd go with the sugar theory first.

 

Either way, keep a food journal down to ingredient level, and all symptoms (sleep, bowel/bladder habits, rages, tantrums, etc.) and see if you notice any patterns.


Kathy, mother of 3, wife of 1. My new recipe blog: www.kathysrecipebox.wordpress.com (no longer searchable by allergen, but at least it doesn't have a virus!)
kjbrown92 is offline  
#3 of 9 Old 01-06-2011, 04:13 AM
 
kjbrown92's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: CT
Posts: 10,755
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

The book is called "Little Sugar Addicts".


Kathy, mother of 3, wife of 1. My new recipe blog: www.kathysrecipebox.wordpress.com (no longer searchable by allergen, but at least it doesn't have a virus!)
kjbrown92 is offline  
#4 of 9 Old 01-06-2011, 05:38 AM - Thread Starter
 
lightinmyhands's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

The food diary thing sounds like an excellent idea.  I've also put the book on my Amazon wishlist.  thanks!

lightinmyhands is offline  
#5 of 9 Old 01-06-2011, 08:56 AM
 
Brees_Mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 1,109
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My 4yo gets this way when she has corn (intolerance) or rice (confirmed allergy). She gets mean and hyper.


 

 

Brees_Mama is offline  
#6 of 9 Old 01-06-2011, 08:57 AM
 
Brees_Mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 1,109
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Dyes too. DD doesn't do well with any dyes and shes supposed to be dye free for 1 year now.


 

 

Brees_Mama is offline  
#7 of 9 Old 05-19-2011, 08:58 PM
 
SweetSilver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Westfarthing
Posts: 4,949
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)

I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to support your intuition that this is a allergy.  For my DD it was wheat that caused exactly what you are describing.  Eliminating it helped absolutely.  It was confirmed several times (some by accident, some by soft parenting; Christmas, you know?) and each time it was the day after, she became non-verbal, violent, and just, well overwhelmed by emotion, anger, sadness, frustration.  Now wheat is gone absolutely.  I still had to deal with problems like occasional biting and hitting (she was 4, after all), but she didn't look like Mt. St. Helens warming up for an eruption, and she finally got off the couch and starting having some real, sustained energy.


Give me a few minutes while I caffeinate.
SweetSilver is offline  
#8 of 9 Old 05-28-2011, 05:52 PM
 
sunnygir1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,257
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My little sister was this way as a child.  For her, it was food dye, especially red, and gluten.  I think you are totally right to look at food allergies, and as hard as it can be, when you figure it out it is totally worth it.  Because there is gluten allergy in the family, I would cut it out completely.  Even though it didn't fix the problem before, it might be a piece of it.  Maybe there is another food too.  Best of luck.  I see it's been a while, have you tried anything?

sunnygir1 is offline  
#9 of 9 Old 01-12-2012, 02:01 PM
 
FoursCompany's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I would get her a blood allergy test to see what foods she may be sensitive to. I have been reading a lot about how food allergies are linked to digestive tract health. If it seems like she has typical environmental allergies like pollen, dust or dander or chemical sensitivities you may want to consider an air purifier. I was reading a lot about them the other night on http://hepa-air-purifier.org. If you think it may help, take a look. Hope that helps.

FoursCompany is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off