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    The other thing to look into, if food elimination gets you nowhere, vitamin/mineral deficiencies and excess heavy metals (eg. copper) can be a cause for behaviour problems as well. I think it's a hair test for the metals and a blood test for deficiencies. When I attended a talk by Dr Alison Knight, who works in the field, she said that even if vitamin/mineral levels are at the low end of the scale supplements are recommended. This is aparently because the 'healthy range' that comes with lab results changes over time, so as the general population start to have lower levels of, eg. iron, the range lowers to reflect this.

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    I'm interested in trying this with DS2. I'm currently weaning him off dairy then will probably and unfortunately remove gluten as they are believed to affect the behaviour of autistic children. Then p & a will come next if need be. PITA, but i'd rather try this than drug such a young child.

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    Subbing, I went additive and preservative free with ds1 a couple of months ago and have noticed a difference. Still slip up lots though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theboys&me View Post
    No I just used normal cocoa. I did read in the fedup site though that light brown sugar is better than brown sugar ... Something to do with molasses I think??

    I honestly think he's a kid who's do better without sugar anyway so I'm happy to take that out as much as possible too. I'm not limiting any fruit though - I'm going to start making notes of what he eats and his behaviour just to see if there's a link.
    What brand of cocoa did you use? We use the Nestle Baking cocoa (red tin) which is the only safe one I have found. There might be others though, we settled on that a few years back and stick with it. It's still high in amines as a pp mentioned, but no nasty flavourings added.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Theboys&me View Post
    The changes are just such a calmness in him. He gets almost 'hyper' when he has something with P&A. I'm starting to take notes as well - today he was off his nut... I'd made brownies with brown sugar. I've made other things before with different sugar and it's not too bad. I'll test it again with the brownies in a few days. It could just be coincidence... But both my exH and I made the changes and both strongly believe it affects him.
    That's great! You know your son best so trust your instincts Its great just to have a happy kid isn't it? And fab that your exH is on board too. It took me a long time to get DH fully on board, he's 100% on board now thankfully. The difference in dd7 is amazing. If she has had a dose of something she loses it at the slightest thing, her threshold for dealing with frustration drops through the floor and life gets very tough for us all. Off additives she's an absolute delight of a kid. Its like a switch.

    Hey do you know the bicarb soda trick? If he's had a dose of something, let him sit in a bath with a handful of bicarb soda for a while, it takes down the reaction. Epsom salts do the same thing. It an cause dehydration so give a good drink of water and don't do it every day for a week, but its a good fix if he's having a bad day


 

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