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    Default Reaction to Red food dye

    Hi all

    We just got back from holidays and although our DD who is 18 months has never had any junk food before we gave her some red jelly we were having for dessert one night, just a few spoonfuls.

    Well that was a mistake! Within 10 minutes her behavior changed. She started acting up, was hypo seemed she couldnt control her behavior. It like she went crazy, her behavior was sooo unlike her it was like i had a different child.

    Fast forward an hour or so and we were trying to wind her down for bed. Usually by this time she is exhausted and easy to put to bed.

    I couldnt even hold her! She was throwing her head back, arching her back, wouldnt let me cuddle her, screeching and when i did let her go would run around in circles, try climbing everything. It was upsetting to watch. It took me another hour or so to calm her down and get her to sleep. You could see she was soo tired but her little mind was going a hundred miles an hour.

    Is this a normal reaction to red food colouring and does this mean i need to watch out out for other artificial food colourings or is it red that seems to cause problems?

    I was shocked she had such a strong reaction and it has me worried. She only had the equivalent of about 3 dessert spoons at the most.

    Any advice, experiences greatly appreciated

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    Seems like a very quick and strong reaction but yes, you can get reactions like that especially from things with colours/flavours/preservatives etc.

    My girls all get Hyper or both Hyper and emotional if I don't watch what they eat. Even bread effects them. Red cordial used to send my sister running around the house and even a cough medicine did the same.

    And DD2 is allergic (could lead to anaphylaxis if she is continuously exposed) to an unknown colour or flavour found in lollies. But that's an entirely different reaction.

    Do you know what brand it was? If so check the packet as you may get reactions from any of the ingredients listed. Or look up the numbers or names and you might be surprised.

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    We don't give our kids any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Their behaviour and sleep are affected. Also, lots of those additives are banned in other countries due to adverse health effects so no thanks!! (I rarely have them either)

    I started with the book, 'Additive Alert'.

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    I'm so sorry, it's horrible isn't it my DS1 reacts that way to preservatives, seconding the additive alert book

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannielle View Post

    And DD2 is allergic (could lead to anaphylaxis if she is continuously exposed) to an unknown colour or flavour found in lollies. But that's an entirely different reaction.
    I have this! There's a colour in coke that near sent me to hospital 2yrs ago!!

    My girls aren't exposed to any colours, additives preservatives or anything remotely 'un-natural' it's not easy being one of 'those' parents, I get judged A LOT! But it's quite common, people just ignore the reaction in children.



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    This will give you an idea of what the different additives can do.

    http://www.additivealert.com.au/search.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinebrite View Post
    I have this! There's a colour in coke that near sent me to hospital 2yrs ago!!

    My girls aren't exposed to any colours, additives preservatives or anything remotely 'un-natural' it's not easy being one of 'those' parents, I get judged A LOT! But it's quite common, people just ignore the reaction in children.


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    Wow, I have never come across someone else who has it!

    It's scarey because we don't know exactly what colour or additive she is allergic to. I have been there with the judgements too.

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    I'd say it would be color 120 ( cochineal red) which is actually acid taken from an insect ( gross but true !) it usually causes hyperactivity , a lot of people blame sugar when their kids have lollies/cordial but it's actually the reaction to colors, the sad thing is as its from an insect it's considered a "natural" color !

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    I'm SO bad with colour 120!!! Pretty much all colours tho too, and MSG, oh the times I've ended up in hospital over that!!!


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