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    Quote Originally Posted by ShanandBoc View Post
    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
    Yep, we are colour, flavour and preservatives free here for that very reason.. DS turns into a crazy person after that stuff!

    ***Happy to be a Mummy & Daddy of ONE! :-) ***

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy2be3 View Post
    Yep, we are colour, flavour and preservatives free here for that very reason.. DS turns into a crazy person after that stuff!

    ***Happy to be a Mummy & Daddy of ONE! :-) ***
    And us too just not worth the crazy behavior!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShanandBoc View Post
    Wow ladies thanks so much for all advice and info. The additive alert website is great, thanks for that. Ill be keeping a very close eye on what she eats esp as she gets older.

    Its hard when everyone else lets their children eat junk tho. The amount of times my DD has been offered chocolate and cake etc already is crazy....i always say she cant have them.
    Cake's etc aren't necessarily bad (except for not being nutritional) especially if they are made from scratch. I don't always make everything from scratch. (I do when I can though) I look at the packets and work out which is the best.

    My girls even have packets of chips sometimes. (we do plain kettle chips) A lot of bread products have 282 in it which cause hyperactivity too. So, my girls can still get hyper (and also very emotional) after eating a salad sandwich if it's the wrong bread.

    This is the list of additives that can cause hyperactivity:
    102, 103, 104, 110, 120, 122, 123, 124, 127, 129, 131, 132, 133, 142, 150, 151
    155, 160b
    210, 211, 220, 282
    319, 320, 321
    421
    620, 621, 627, 631, 635
    951

    There is heaps more of course including as pp said suspected carcinogens. And one's not reccomended for children (but still found in products aimed at children) and even one's banned in other countries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    I'm exactly the same, if one more person says everything is ok in moderation though I think I'll scream!
    I swear!!! It drives me freakin CRAZY!!!!!! How is something that is full of chemicals an 'ok' food?!??!?!!!!!


 

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