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Please if anyone can provide me with any links or information on how certain food dyes or additives can affect a childs behavior. I would be very appreciative! I have a very hyper active 4yr old, who I feel has sensetivities too food colorings and such. But so far have been unable too convince my husband of this. He is a very bright mischevious boy. Which while it makes him a hand full, also makes him a joy too have around. But he also has an out of control side that makes him impossible too deal with. I let him have cherry Kool-aid today. And too make it worse it was on an empty stomach. He had ben behaving rather well but he suddenly just went out of control. I was trying too do a friends hair and he just started acting out something awful. His sister was sitting on a small chair in front of the door, he just walked up too her and for no reason grabbed a handful of hair and slammed her head back against the door. Then before I could even react, he did it again!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> This has too stop. I'm afraid of him hurting himself or one of his siblings. This is the same child who wants too hug and kiss his baby brother all day. Its not his normal personality, too be mean like that. But I have too convince dh. Please, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
 

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There was a great article in Mothering a few issues ago. It would probably list other references too.<br><br>
I would suggest keeping a journal. Enter what your child eats and then the behaviour after. If there is a correlation, you'll see it in the journal. Then stop the food dyes altogether & continue to journal behaviour. That will give you a clear idea of what's happening with him.
 

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doing a goggle.com search will turn up plenty of pages.This link will provide another to a book at amazon.com.<br><br><a href="http://www.yourfamilyclinic.com/adhd/checklist.htm" target="_blank">http://www.yourfamilyclinic.com/adhd/checklist.htm</a><br><br>
Look also at the titles of other related books on that page,and then get a few through your local library interloan program(if you have one).Like anything(ei vaccines or circmucision) you will find professionals on the pro and con sides. If you truly feel it is an issue for your son then change his diet NOW.<br><br>
I don't know if my kids have problems with food coloring,but I tell everyone they are not to get them.Kool aid is for homemade playdough in our house,and I tell dd over and over(need to since other kids drink/eat nasty foods) that this stuff IS bad for her.If your son eats yogurts or other pink/red color sweets look for the coloring agent CARMINE AND AVOID IT. Carmine is ground up bugs and can cause problems for a lot of people.<br><br>
Check out your local hfs for healthy alternatives to common junk foods kids eat. Have your son help you make some of the healthy alternatives.<br><br>
Sara<br>
ps.read all lables including otc meds and vitamins!
 

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i'm surprised nobody mentioned the recent mothering artcle on the feingold diet -- <a href="http://mothering.com/10-0-0/html/10-6-0/feingold.shtml" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/10-0-0/html/10-6-0/feingold.shtml</a> .<br><br>
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Oh yeah I forgot about that article:<a href="http://mothering.com/10-0-0/html/10-6-0/feingoldside5.shtml" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/10-0-0/html/10-...oldside5.shtml</a><br><br>
I didn't really agree with some of the things listed in the food cart though as ok to buy.<br>
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I DID!
 
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