Red Dye issues and reactions, behavior/physical?

Kathie - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any experiences to share about the affect of Red Dye on their child? Behavioral or Physical? I am seeing issues after eating birthday cakes/cupcakes with frosting....red based. Thank you.

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Ashley - posted on 04/03/2010

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My son runs around like he is on some crazy sugar high. It drives me crazy - no red jello, no red or orange popsicles, nothing like that at our house!

Shara - posted on 03/24/2010

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my 2 yr old daughter can NOT have any red dye # 40 it acts like a speed drug on her her eyes kinda glaze over and dialate and she get way outta control even in her sleep she will twitch really bad almost like haveinga sezure her dr did allergie test on her and found out that is what makes her like that also red dye # 40 is part of the contribution to adhd

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Kathie - posted on 04/03/2010

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Thank you Ashley......I have eliminated all of those. Today, my daughter had a birthday party and my husband took her.....although we talked about this, he let her have cake....OMG, did we have a rough night, it is just aweful!!!

Kathie - posted on 03/27/2010

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Thank you Megan, that website was exactly what I was looking for in terms of lists of foods/brands that have the Red40 in them! Everyone who posted here, check it out!

Barbara - posted on 03/26/2010

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Kathie,

I would avoid anything with artificial colors. Remove it all from the diet and in time maybe you can start to reintroduce certain foods and see if there is a reaction.

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Emily - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have had the same problem with my oldest son with Red Dye #40, this stuff is a demon to him. I am always looking at the back of products to see if the dye is in it. Everyone is correct when they say it has a "speed" effect on their child. I do not know what it is about this dye but I truly believe that it contributes to behavior problems. I am not aware of any lists of products this dye is in but I do know it is in a lot of products.

Tiffany - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter does have a red dye allergy, however, I do not know to which number. Whenever she does have something with red dye, she breaks out in bumps around her mouth so I try to keep benedryl on hand for those situations. Best bet is to talk to her pediatrician to figure out how to combat it.

Kathie - posted on 03/24/2010

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Thank you Kristen, Shara and Jolynn,
Thank you for your feedback. Where can I find a list of what common items red dye #40 is in? Like someone told me Cheetos, and when I look at the ingredients, it just says artificial coloring/dyes others say the same. How do I know (besides the obvious, like colored frosting) what it is in so I can avoid them? Thank you so much, my child has been diagnosed ADD by one psychologist, but teachers/pediatrician/behaviorist disagree. Behavioral issues are not consistent, which leads me to believe it is nutricional......yes, I have done some reasearch, but where can I get some kind of list to know the common items? Thanks!

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Actually, if you read the research Red Dye #40 can appear like ADHD. It does not cause or contribute to ADHD. If you eliminate Red Dye #40 from a child that is truely "allergic", you may see improvement in behavior in that child. It is not an overnight change. At least it wasn't for my child. It took several weeks to see improvement.

Kristen - posted on 02/16/2010

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its not the color, but it can be whats in the color that causes problems. My brother had to have a dye injection for a special scan and the dye gave him terrible hives.

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