Do you have a kiddo who has ‘other’ stuff going on that keeps you on your toes all the stinkin time? My boy gets headaches and will have seemingly random meltdowns out of the blue. But guess what, in hindsight we see that there was probably a trigger. I just wish I knew beforehand!
Enter the diet diary
Did you know that constipation as well as certain foods can cause headaches? Did you know that these things can also affect behaviors? Think about it, when you feel bloated from eating too much you tend to get cranky. You might feel jittery and therefore be jumpy if you had 1 too many cups of coffee. Other foods can affect behavior as well – MSG (which goes by dozens of names and is considered ‘natural’ so it can be in certified organic products!!), artificial dyes, sugar, carrageenan, and preservatives. What you put in your body has profound effects on your brain – just think about alcohol!
Keeping a diet diary that keeps track of BM’s as well as any adverse behaviors like excessive giggling for ‘no’ reason, headaches, or anything else that isn’t typical for your child can be extremely useful in finding out how food is affecting things. It hit home hardest for us when the boy’s Pre-School teacher asked us to stop sending in apples because he was throwing up right after eating them – I mean apples of all things!!
So never underestimate the power of the scientific method <3 Gather some information and see if you can’t find a trigger for behaviors that are causing your child to have a hard time – or that are causing YOU to have a hard time. You may think the lack of sleep is only affecting you since your kiddo is still bouncing off the walls, but believe me when I tell you that it is affecting his ability to grow, learn and develop. The brain needs time to rest. Even an Autistic brain <3