Ditch the Food Dyes – Stop Your ADHD Child’s Bed-Wetting

As a working mom, I didn’t have the money to waste on soiled sheets every day. I truly did not have the time to spend in the laundry room every night, either. My son used to wet the bed every night, no matter how little water he drank before bed and no matter how many times I took him potty during the night. The pediatrician told me not to worry because the bladder doesn’t mature until age 7. Well, the prospect of washing sheets every night for seven years didn’t trip my trigger. What did she care? She didn’t have to wash the sheets.

My son was also so hyperactive that he got kicked out of preschool. I thought maybe his teacher was just not assertive enough to keep him in line. When he got to kindergarten, I got constant phone calls from the office because he was misbehaving in class. So, we started meeting with the school psychologist to try to fix our family problems, hoping that would change his behavior. Not much changed.

Finally, my boss sat me down in front of a video by Sue Dengate, called Fed Up with Children’s Behavior. I saw evidence that food dyes and other chemical additives affect behavior and cause other health problems, such as bedwetting. Testimonies from teachers, parents and students who tried an additive free diet convinced me that my family problems would change if I changed my family’s diet.

Food dyes irritate the bladder. Food dyes also can trigger hyperactivity or aggression in children who are intolerant to these chemical additives.

The day after Thanksgiving, I committed myself to changing my family’s diet to an additive free diet. I kept a copy of the list of additives to avoid and started making my own food instead of purchasing prepackaged meals. We even gave up Cheetos and breakfast cereal. I bribed my husband, an alcoholic, to give up Coca Cola for two weeks by agreeing to wash dishes every day. (I was already washing dishes every day, but I let him think he was getting something out of the deal.) I also included acidophiles tablets and kefir smoothies in the diet to cleanse our systems of all those toxic chemicals that we had been ingesting over the years.

It was irritating at first to have to read labels at parties. It was disheartening to have to explain to my son and to everyone else why we weren’t eating cookies with pink frosting and sprinkles.

But, at conference time, a month later, my son’s first grade teacher said that all his annoying behaviors had stopped. He no longer tried to get attention by doing disgusting things to other kids during class. My husband’s demeanor changed. He wasn’t so mean and nasty all the time. He slowed down on the drinking, too. Even I feel a lot more clear headed and patient when I am eating the right foods.

With the help of some rhythmic movement exercises to integrate the Spinal Galant reflex, which also can trigger bed-wetting, and a diet free of food dyes, my son slowed down on the bed wetting, too.

When they snuck the food dyes back into their diet, their behaviors flared back up again. My son started wetting the bed again. So, stop spending your hard earned dollars and precious waking hours washing sheets. Whether you work outside the home or you are a stay at home mom, invest that time in your child and invest that money in your future. Sign up for my free Tips and Tricks newsletter for more strategies on overcoming ADHD and DITCH THE FOOD DYES!