Die, Food Dye was one of the first blogs I found when I started looking for links between Miles' behavior and the foods he was eating.
I read its entire archive, along with two other websites, in the course of one weekend, and then decided to start making changes.
One of the things that has been hardest to change is medication. We cut out all kinds of candy and snacks, found ways to make substitutions and imitations of our old favorites and discovered lots of new things to love. But it's been much harder to find medications that will work for them, since nearly all children's medications are artificially colored and flavored.
Fortunately, neither of the boys needs to take any medication on a regular basis. Fortunately, aside from Lennon's seizures, our boys are pretty healthy and strong, and they rarely get sick. Fortunately, most childhood ailments don't actually need to be treated with medication: mild fevers can be brought down with cool rags, sore throats can be gargled and left to heal on their own with the help of some honey tea, noses can just be wiped instead of chemically decongested. Fortunately, most of the time, the boys don't get any medication at all.
Unfortunately, we're just not always that lucky. There have been a few times when fevers haven't gone down, or sicknesses have kept hanging on, and we've had to make some tough decisions. Don't get me wrong, if it were life-or-death, we'd give them the medication without a second thought. But when it's a matter of relieving discomfort, it's frustrating to know that the side effects of the dye may be just as bad as the sickness itself, and that they are completely unnecessary and offer no other benefit than making the medicine "look yummy".
Anyway, Rebecca at Die, Food Dye has created a petition (link above) calling for dye-free medication for kids. I signed this morning. It takes just a few seconds. It's easy. It's a step. Will you sign?