I hope that your little cuties are doing well. I’m an absolutely terrible person as I’m so impressed with Camryn’s progress on the diet that I recommend it to anyone with recurrent toddler problems (eg. ear infections, mucus/colds, eczema, behaviour, constipation). The sanity has returned to our lives and with dietary control we have a gorgeous little girl. We had absolutely no behaviour concerns with Cam until she was 18mths old & we opened up her dietary range to include everything. Suddenly we went from having the most beautiful princess (everyone used to tell us how nice she was) to having an absolutely embarrassing bully-babe. The diet came about as my sister has had her gall-bladder removed but still suffers from excruciating pain. She would talk to her dietitian about her “problem niece who was once so gorgeous” & it was suggested that we keep a food diary for the month before we had our appointment with them. We had to wait 3mths to get in but it’s been worth it.
Within a week of being on the diet her behaviour improved. The following 2wks were pretty hard as she was having withdrawals from all the chemicals & toxins built up in her system over time. We had tantrums again, teeth-grinding, constipation problems, uncontrollable screaming, night terrors … the list goes on. I kept emailing the dietitian who was fabulous & kept pushing on through the process. Eventually she came out the other side & we were able to start the challenges.
We had no problem with the milk challenge which we did for 2wks (you only really need to do 1wk) as she started care, pre-school and other things the same week & we wanted to be sure of her reaction to the milk & not all the other things going on in her life. The going was slow as she’s a typical 2yr old who likes to sneak things & people think they’re being nice “feeding the monkey” even though we do our best to keep her on track. Sometimes the reaction can take just hours & other times they build up over days. We’re being sure to give ourselves 7 days of appropriate behaviour etc in between to ensure there’s no hang over from the previous challenge. This makes going slow but it’s working for us. My hubby has even converted his cynicism of it. I kept trying to tell him that her problems weren’t typical of a child her age but he just thought challenging her diet equated to quackery until he experienced it, and the positive changes, for himself.
Hope things are still on the up for you all,
Peta, NSW, mum of 2 gorgeous girls