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November 6th, 2007 · 5 Comments · Allergies, Family Life, The BoyChild, You want whine with that

We kept the BoyChild home from school last Friday. He was all snotty. He wet the bed the night before. He didn’t want to take his medicine. He didn’t want to get dressed. He growled at me. When I suggested that maybe he didn’t feel well enough to go to school he fell onto the floor weeping, wailing and in tears.

And things had been going so well. He’d been cooperative, pleasant, sweet even. He’d not had any trouble at school in more than a week.

I began looking through his food diary. Trying to discern a difference.

He’d not pee’d the bed in a long time. When he does that, I’ve learned it is a sign he’s having a reaction to something.

I made these cookies for the kids the night before. The BoyChild was excited and ate a bunch. Then he put a bunch in a Tupperware container and took them to his room. He told me there were 10 cookies in the container, but they are crumbly and I thought there might be ten pieces of cookies but I doubted there were ten cookies in there. The recipe doesn’t really make very many, maybe 14-16 all told. I’d had two or three, there were three in the kitchen and the GirlChild had some. No. There was no way for me to tell exactly how many he’d had or how many he had left.

Does white sugar make him agitated?

We’d had fried potatoes for dinner that night too. Potatoes are a sugar, right?

It seems like the Namaste Spice Cakes have been causing him to be agitated the last couple of times I’d made them as have the Namaste Waffle and Pancake mixes. But we also changed the maple syrup we buy, they didn’t have our regular brand the last time we were at the health food store, so it’s possible but not probable (I mean what CAN they do to pure maple syrup?!?) that I missed something when we bought it. Namaste mixes don’t have white sugar. They have brown sugar and cane juice, tapico flour and arrow root flour. There’s cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Those could present a problem too.

It seems like the more things we take him off of, the more things that are popping up and causing problems. The Allergist tells me they call that “unmasking.” When you remove the major problems, then these other things, that were much smaller problems, begin to emerge.

Or does he just feel bad? Everyone is entitled to a bad day now and then. The Huz called the school to report his absence. Apparently about 1/2 the school is out with whatever this snotty, coughing illness that is going around.

I play this game in my head all the time. Is there something causing this behavior? Or is it an illness? Is he just having a bad day?

You can play along with me today.

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  • 1 Lisse // Nov 6, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Gad! What torment that must be.

    My younger son had a very off week last week. I thought it might have been a cold, but I strongly suspect that all the hullaballo over Halloween was too much for him.

  • 2 Jennifer (Faking It) // Nov 6, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    It’s almost scary how tied our emotional health is to what we eat. I mean, we all know it’s true — and some children are obviously more sensitive than others — but when you can see it as clearly as you’ve described, It almost feels scary. Or, then, maybe it’s just an off day. I hope tomorrow is better.

  • 3 monkey // Nov 6, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Potatoes break down in your body like a sugar, basically.

    Is it possible that his moods are dependant on his body’s natural process of breaking down sugars?

    I have no idea. I’m guessing this stuff and the research for it is still in its infancy.

  • 4 Leanne // Nov 6, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Uck. I have no idea and I’m no help…but good luck! I hope he’s feeling better soon, and hugs to you for getting through it..

  • 5 gorillabuns // Nov 8, 2007 at 12:45 am

    my oldest goes nuts when she eats something she can’t handle.

    it’s so hard to know what is in what and what will trigger some crazy symptom.

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