Join Date: Oct 2004
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Although I am sure that the terrible day you experienced has to do with the family being sick and the usual toddler rebellion, just in case, I wanted to mention that my children have food sensitivities and act differently when they have an overload of something that they are sensitive to. We call it "contrary kid" syndrome. All of a sudden, my normally (mostly) sweet natured child would experience a complete personality change, become defiant, angry, contrary, and most importantly, unhappy - with themselves, others, the world it seems. In time, we learned that red dye was the culprit but dairy products come in second.
We eat healthfully and I'm sure you do too, so it didn't come up very often until my children were eating a wider variety of foods, no longer nursing, and attending play dates, parties, etc. and had the opportunity to share more food with others.
One of my children is so sensitive to red dye that it also comes up from contact with red items: play doh, bath paints, or a new red shirt that hasn't been washed enough to remove the extra dye.
Both of my kids still have the occasional bad day and my 4 year old, in particular, still has plenty of no's in her vocabulary, so I can sympathize with having to struggle for every last thing, all day! I just like to put the information out there every once in a while because as a parent, you can tell when some behavior is just off. If you find yourself asking where your child went, on a regular basis, consider the allergy connection.