I was wondering if any of you have noticed your T1D child as being sensitive to food dyes and what effect it has on your child's BGs and behavior. Here's why I ask:
This morning I had to take my 5 y/o T1D daughter to the doctor for a rash on her private parts. When we left the house at 8 am her BG was 106 and she had only had eggs to eat and some protein shake. On the way to the office she ate some strawberries, blueberries, and 2 low-carb french twists, total carbs = 20, for which I bolused her. At the dr office, she had a slight fever, so the nurse gave her some VERY RED Tylenol (around 9 am), only a teaspoon or two. At that time her BG had come up a little, but was not remarkable. But by the time the nurse practitioner got in the room, Liz's BGs were over 250 and headed north, while her behavior headed south.
She became completely obstinate and uncooperative, refusing even to stick out her tongue so the nurse could look in her throat. When the nurse asked her to lie down so she could look at her privates, a full-on tantrum ensued. Granted, she's been very sore down there for a few days and has not even allowed me to look at it, so I understand she was afraid of the nurse hurting her. But I was completely mortified at her behavior and at the end of the appt, the NP even suggested behavior therapy for her. By the time we left at 10 am, her BG was 344, and it remained above 300 for the next 90 minutes or so.
I cannot imagine that a few berries and the french twists caused her to spike like that, esp when I bolused for them (and these are foods she eats all the time without spiking). Maybe her BGs rose as a stress response to the doctor office visit and the high BGs also escalated her bad behavior. Or did her behavior spike her BGs?
Or was it something even more sinister - like the red food dye in the Tylenol? I know there are plenty of kids for whom food dye causes ADHD-like symptoms and bad behavior. I'm just wondering if this is a eureka moment for me or if the food dye is totally unrelated -and I couldn't find anything online about food dye causing high BGs - only that for some (non-diabetic) kids it actually causes low BG.
Just thought I'd throw this out there to see if anyone has had a similar experience...