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It's a diet that eliminates many food additives as well as some natural food chemicals like salicylates (natural pesticides) and amines (found in aged foods and meats). It's somewhat similar to the Feingold diet. <a href="http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info" target="_blank">www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info</a><br><br>
Anyhow, DD & I are doing the elimination diet and I was just wondering if anyone else had done or was doing this diet.
 

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Yes I'm just about to go on it right now for my 19 month old! We had a little success before but became too lax... He's extremely high energy, extremely bright, and extremely difficult <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> When he is happy he is very happy but his tantrums are out of control and there is just waaaaaaay to much screaming going on. It's not fair to him. Sleep has always been an issue, and we've been bringing him to a daycare that he actually really likes for 2.5 hours in the morning and the ladies there said that they had never come across a kid who can scream so loud and for so long. Come on failsafe! I'm also hoping to maybe ward off some issues in the next baby (due in a few days) in case s/he is prone to them. I KNOW now that my eating tons of dairy really hurt my poor son when he was a tiny nursling and came around to bite me too since he didn't sleep.<br><br>
How old is your daughter?? What kind of "issues" if any, are you hoping to resolve?
 

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DD's 16 months...she has/had sleep issues, eczema, and lots of food intolerances. She also reacted to weird foods like zucchini and squash that are high in salicylates. Her eczema completely cleared up on the elimination diet although it didn't help her sleep any better. So far we've done the amine challenge and she does react to those (got hyper and wouldn't sleep very much) which I didn't think she did. We're on day 5 of the salicylate challenge now...I haven't seen any clear reaction which really surprises me as salicylates were what I thought she reacted to. Her skin seems a bit bumpier but is still soft so I'm not sure if I'm just paranoid or if the eczema is coming back a tiny bit.<br><br>
I react to amines (with jittery feeling and low blood sugar issues) as well although I already knew that. Interestingly enough, since we've done Failsafe my non-existent social skills have greatly improved--I no longer feel like I missed "Social Skills 101" where everyone learns to how to make small talk, how to make eye contact, and how to gracefully enter and exit conversations. It's a nice side benefit, that's for sure!
 
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