could it be chocolate?

Posted on: Thu, 02/28/2008 - 3:02am
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I have an almost 4 yo dd with MFA's. We have found a few safe chocolates for her to eat and she gets these for a "special" treat. Maybe once every few weeks. Anyway, she has also had behavioral problems (severe mood and tantrum problems) even waking in the middle of the night and screaming and clawing- like she's possessed.

When she was diagnosed 1 1/2 years ago with allergies my husband and I figured this behavior had something to do with the allergies, it got slightly better but still she has problems. The tantrums seems to go in phases. every 3 to 5 weeks she acts up for a day to a week and then it seems to fade away for a while. It is very difficult. She has had CT scans and seen a Gastroenterologist and explored many places to see if we could figure this out. We haven't gotten far!!

Fast forward to the last 2 days. On Tuesday night each of our kids got a few safe chocolate easter eggs after supper. Also last night. both nights she was wound and could not get to sleep and also woke up early yesterday and this morning. She also woke up last night about 1:30ish having a huge screaming fit. and today she has had several horrible fits. (lasting 20 mins to and hour each).

Today, the chocolate connection dawned on me. I'm wondering if she acts up when given chocolate? Could it be chocolate? Does anyone else have experience with this? I used to have a chocolate allergy- I would get terrible migraines and bloody noses. But that was as an adult.

Am I going crazy or could there be a connection???

Sorry it was so long. It's been a long morning!

Thanks,
Kara

Posted on: Thu, 02/28/2008 - 3:59am
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Is she having anything with caffeine as well? Is the chocolate you're using high in caffeine? I've heard that a chocolate allergy is pretty rare, however, it may be something for you to explore.
My neighbors have a daughter with what sounds like almost the same issues that you're dealing with. It started when she was around 3 yo. Now she is nine. They have been through h*** the past few years tring to get their daughter help. She would go into rages and destroy her classroom, hurt other kids, have several outbursts, etc. The finally (about 2 years ago) had her diagnosed with depression via her pediatrician and a child psychologist. She has been put into a special needs classroom in public school and is doing MUCH better. She is getting the help she needs. They have been through therapy and their daughter is on medication. This may not be for everyone but it has helped them considerably. Best of luck.

Posted on: Thu, 02/28/2008 - 5:10am
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Actually, I wouldn't be able to tell about the caffeine because her intake is so limited. She drinks Silk and water and OJ. That is about it. Hot chocolate sometimes but it doesn't seem to have an affect. I guess we will wait and see.
Thanks,
Kara

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