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