Tuesday, March 6, 2012

So, it's the dye?

As most of you know, we have been having some serious behavior issues with our oldest, Tater. Never before have I been so frustrated at this fun little adventure called parenting. It seems like sometimes he can just flip a switch, and go from my lovable, sweet, good-hearted boy to an effing demon. Really, I have been hearing it all, from "I hate you", to "I wish you were dead", to "You are a really bad mommy." Throw in a little bit of kicking and punching walls, and being mean to his little brother, and I have a regular little devil here. What I just dont GET is the way it can come and go so suddenly, like the flip of a switch. 

Recently, I have been going back and forth entertaining the idea that perhaps his diet is to blame. He has never been a good eater, but has always been tall and skinny. However, in the last month or two, he has gained about 10 pounds, and he looks, well.. bloated. Plus the horrible attitude and behavior.. 

I came across several great blogs that detail kid's behavior problems caused by food dyes. I really think we are on to something with this. I have slowly been removing them from his diet, only to see his meltdowns slow down as well. The other day, he had a couple of gummy worms, and guess what? Back to horrible again. 

I wish there were some way for me to know FOR SURE that is is the food dye. I am always second guessing myself on any and all subjects, so I don't know whether or not to believe that this easy solution could really solve all of our problems.

My question is, Do any of you have experience with dye related behavior issues? I would love to hear from you!

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1 comment:

  1. We have been going through this for a few years with our son. No amount of discipline, positive rewards or punishments have helped at all. We recently took him to an acupuncturist. She's doing accupressure and NAET allergy treatments on him. He just had his second today, but we saw a big difference after the first time even.


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