I need to share from the very beginning that my family really has no allergies or sensitivities to food, so I tend to be on the disbelieving side of things when it comes to this kind of stuff. That's where I was before this all happened.
Sweetie's (I have referred to this child as "Sweetie" for identity protection. This name was chosen as a result of my original plan to withhold sugar from Sweetie) actually been having problems with sudden violent mood swings since Sweetie was 2. I was pregnant with #7. I didn't have the energy or the ability with some health problems I was experiencing to restrain this child. I thought the rage would eventually die down and that we'd all be happy. I would put him in his room and let him rage and rage and rage. It didn't die down.
My brother was diagnosed with "hypoglycemia" on his mission, which is no longer a valid diagnosis, from what I understand. It is known as a symptom of diabetes, so my first action was to remove sugar.
There have now been four incidents that have made it more than clear that this is the main problem. There may be others, but at this point, all I know is that when there is no red dye in Sweetie's system, life is good.
Okay, so other than yesterday's experience, there have been three others. Oh, I also have found out that yesterday, on the way home, Sweetie had candy corns, so there was more than just one exposure yesterday. That makes so much more sense as to his behaviors and the timing of it.
Incident #1: Spring break was a few weeks after the girls' night. While there, things were going great. Sugar was being withheld. There had been no rages. I felt that we were on top of something. I hadn't discussed the withholding of red 40 with anyone, but it was in the back of my mind.
Incident #2: Sweetie went to a friend's house. I had discussed our food issues with this friend. She was very aware. When Sweetie got home, I realized that things weren't normal. Sweetie was slow to comply and ended up in the bedroom. The raging continued. I called the Warden because I just wasn't getting it. I had been so careful. Everything had been removed from the house. I was ready to cry.
Before any of this, I'd never heard of red 40 causing behavior problems. Since our experiences, I've read up on it quite a bit. It's astounding.
Yesterday, after I'd been hit twice and another door had been broken, it was time to pull Halloween.