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My 13 month old dd is fed mostly all natural foods that i cook from scratch. However, she does occasionally get processed food if we are visiting friends, go out to eat, etc. She is allergic to dairy (she gets hives) and is breastfed.<br><br>
last night we had thai food and dd had several pieces of chicken and egg from my dish.<br><br>
shortly after, i had a VERY hard time getting her to bed - she was screaming when I tried to take her in the bedroom, would not sit still to let me change her diaper and put on her pajamas, was screaming, letting her body go limp so i couldn't pick her up, trying to run away, etc. Then it took me almost an hour to nurse her to sleep - she kept squirming and crying, etc (I think she had some gas also).<br><br>
This has happened a handful of other times and I always thought it was due to her being overtired, which is a possibility since she hasn't been sleeping great lately. But she is usually pretty easygoing and doesn't fight bedtime.<br><br>
So last night I remembered reading that some children have reactions to food additives such as hyperactivity, etc and it got me wondering if the food she ate may have contributed to her behavior. I know asian food often has msg and there may have been lots of other additives in the sauce as well.<br><br>
If you have a child who is sensitive to food additives, how does their sensitivity manifest in regards to their behavior? Does my dd's behavior sound like it may be a food intolerance, or was it more likely just a coincidence?
 

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My dd reacts to natural food (sals, phenols etc.) chemicals but she has never been exposed to additives or preservatives. Her behavior gets worse over a period of four days. On day four she can not sleep and is just so crazy. For the foods she is really sensitive to it hits within a few hours. Almonds, grapes and coconut just to name a few.<br><br>
It manifests in hyperactive, can't stop moving even though exhausted. Defiance which she usually does not do. Very hard time sleeping.<br><br>
HTH<br>
Michelle
 

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My kids' allergies absolutely manifest through their behavior. My son gets whiny and clingy when he gets foods he's allergic to, and my daughter gets really really grumpy (exactly how you described your daughter). I have heard the same from other parents of kids with allergies, too.<br><br>
Good that you are catching on to it now--my daughter had an entire year of her life (roughly 1 1/2 to 2 1/2) where she was just miserable all day long. I thought that was just the way she was <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> As soon as I found the offender (gluten in her case) she started laughing and singing all day long instead.
 

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Absolutely.... MSG that's certainly it.<br><br>
I've posted in some sites in threads about food chemical intolerance to salicylates before about <a href="http://www.feingold.org" target="_blank">www.feingold.org</a> and <a href="http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info" target="_blank">www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info</a> and <a href="http://www.plantpoisonsandrottenstuff.com" target="_blank">www.plantpoisonsandrottenstuff.com</a><br><br>
Artifical food dyes but also the natural food dye annatto in orange cheese, preservatives (bread preserved with calcium proprionate, sodium benzoate in soda, BHT, BHA, TBHQ, etc.) vanillin (artificial vanilla flavoring) are biggest offenders.
 

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Oh and *I* have had noticed reactions to these food additives too and they also exacerbated my intersitial cystitis.
 
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