5 comments on “Dye-free stumps the professionals.

  1. Ugh. My ds has a slew of food allergies, including corn, which makes medicines a real challenge. If we want chlor-trimeton or tylenol, we have to have it compounded allergen-free. We have a compounding pharmacy in our town, but they don’t make everything, and had to go to one in a town a half-hour drive away this spring to get a medicine he needed. And even then, the stupid pharmacist didn’t believe me that alcohol is derived from corn, and therefore *not* corn-free. *sigh*

    I have to admit, I’m with your doctor re: the reactions. My ds gets violent/belligerent from dairy and gluten, and before discovering that, I would have laughed at someone making that claim. It boggles my mind that emotional imbalance can be an allergic reaction. It’s bizarre. It took us 4.5 years to figure out what was wrong with him, and no doctor did–I did, by accident. I can certainly empathize with being skeptical–it doesn’t sound reasonable or logical. But we know, don’t we?

  2. I used to run into the same problem. Sometimes we resorted to crushing adult antibiotics and taking the percent of the powder that the doctor calculated would be right for their weight. Benadryl comes dye free now and also infant tylenol and advil (because of stains, LOL) You have to ask the doctor for the right dose of the infant for your child. It is a completely different concentration. A compounding pharmacy might be able to help you with dye free prescriptions. Cutting and crushing adult pills and adding the powder to pudding or applesauce worked for us for years.

    • Pumpkin can swallow pills. We briefly had a prescription for adderal and it comes in a half blue/half clear capsule. We tried it, hoping the blue might be okay. That is how I narrowed down what the blue dyes do to him. I ended up going to a natural foods store and buying plain gelatin capsules and carefully transferring the content to those. The psychiatrist couldn’t believe I would go to all that trouble. But this is my kid. Seems like my motivation is pretty straight-forward, doesn’t it?

  3. Our child who has severe dye intolerance has been having classic dye reactions to Ricola cough drops. Did you see this in your Pumpkin? I bought these drops specifically because they did not have dye listed in their inactive ingredients. I’m left wondering if one of the herbs is having the same effect on her, or if Ricola is now mislabeled?

    • Mike, you might try highlands cough drops or one of those other organics. I haven’t seen the same reaction from Ricola. However, you can’t trust that something dye free once is dye free the next time. Recipes change all the time without warning, so you have to read the labels every time. If you’re desperate for cough relief now, you might try 2 tbsp honey, 1 tblsp lemon juice and 1/4 tsp ginger. There’s very little that won’t stop. If you have a dehydrator, you can also make a honey drop that way.

      When they are ill is one of the worst times. Sometimes you have to feed them the dye-filled meds because you don’t get a choice. When that happens you have to be extra vigilant and extra patient.

      It is possible that an herb could be an allergen that reacts like these dyes. It is possible for it to affect your child and not mine. You can be allergic to absolutely anything and sometimes allergies don’t react the way we usually think of an allergy.

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