I am new to blogging. The series of pieces I wrote on here are my first and only experience dipping my toe in the blogging pool. I know we share our experiences and offer support, but I am looking for some advice out there.
As a Mom of kids with sensory and other issues, I am always looking for ways to understand my children’s behavior and help them to be happier and healthier. Like most of you, I have read books and blogs until my brain can take no more. There is one thing that pops up a lot that I still do not understand very well. Diet. Not sensory diet, but actual diet. Gluten-free, dairy-free, dye-free, etc. I have read so many testimonies from parents who swear it made a huge difference in their child. I heard some say this is only necessary if your child is severe in terms of their behavior. I would not classify my kids as severe, but if this is something that could help them, what does a label matter?
How do you know if this is something you should try with your kids? I’ll be honest here; it feels daunting, overwhelming even. I just got to a place where I am not overwhelmed 24-7, and I am afraid to be in that place again. Is there a place to start, a simple way to ease in, or must it be an all or nothing type thing? My daughter is so terribly selective with her eating that I fear she may eat nothing if I limit her choices! Can you just try eliminating dyes but not gluten (or vice versa), or is that counterproductive? I am not sure if there are any hard and fast rules, or if this is an individualized, trial and error type thing. If we do go for it, what do you look for to know if it has helped? Is there a transition period where thins get worse before they get better? Am I just getting caught up in a craze because I am desperate to help my kids, or is there proven merit to this? As you can see, I am bogged down with questions.
It makes sense to me that keeping certain things, especially dyes since for all I know they are a toxin, out of my kids bodies. I am not sure why I never thought of this before…probably because I had never heard about it until SPD became my reading material. Heck, I am terrified to even give my son more vaccinations since his diagnosis because I fear he is at risk for an adverse affect that will make his symptoms worse, yet here I am letting him have Fruit Loops because they have fiber added and he will actually eat them (he too has lately gotten very selective with his eating). I feel guilty for not doing something that could help because it overwhelms me and seems like it will be so much more work. I can tackle more work if it is for my children.
I feel compelled to explore this, but just do not know where to begin…so I began here. So, in the post, I suppose I am looking for stories from those of you have tried this, advice on how to go about it or food that is safe, or opinions from those who have read about it, too. I am just a mom trying to find my way through all this, hoping I make good choices along the way, praying that I learn from the wise choices of and knowledge of others. Thanks for any information.