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Anyone have kids/foster kids that sugar makes them hyper and/or violent?

I am finding with my foster kids any candy sets them over the edge. First time it was cake/icecream and they were crazy and bouncing in beds till 1 am with no signs of sleep even though most kids would have been out. The last few times they act out in anger. Every time they have candy it is some kind of violence.

The one day they were acting out and I thought wow maybe it isn't the candy but then found they discovered a secret stash and ate it. There mom sees them 1 hour a week and gives them nothing but candy/junk. So when they get home they are not able to be controlled.

My child is unable to deal with them anymore. I want to still help them but not sure if the sugar is a concidence or if someone has experiencec or knows about this.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:59 PM on Sep. 19, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • No - i have a 6 year old, 4 year old and 1 year old - sometimes they might sneak a piece of candy before bed (and the only reason i realize it is when i go into their rooms and see a candy wrapper by their bed - and it doesn't make them hyper at all (otherwise they wouldn't be asleep when I check in on them). I think that's a common myth.

    Answer by dinaca81 at 3:06 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • And I just found this article that talks about it

    Answer by dinaca81 at 3:07 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • I don't think it's because they are foster kids, I think it's possible that children who have learning disablities, ADHD, etc, don't process sugar like normal.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 3:11 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • My kids do get very wired on sugar, but I think it's because they don't have it very often. They are only allowed one 4-oz juice box a day, the rest is milk or water, and if they ever have extra juice and/or candy, I see it in the way they act. Myth or not, I see a BIG difference in my children. They get very wired, and then (when they start to crash) very cranky!

    I think in your case maybe the sugar is just a coincidence? Could it have anything to do with the way they've been raised, maybe having trouble with routine, etc? I don't think sugar alone would be making them violent, but it could definitely be a result of getting used to new surroundings or just a resurfacing of past abuse, even? GL, I hope things get better soon.

    Answer by aliceryannesmom at 3:14 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • I couldn't get to the link. Despite all of the experience of moms that sugar makes kids hyper, scientific studies conclude that it doesn't.



    Answer by Gailll at 3:15 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • And by the way they've been raised, I don't mean you, of course. I mean anything they went through before they came into your care.

    Answer by aliceryannesmom at 3:15 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • Oops, one of the links above is a chart on how much formula to feed a baby. I check. Here is the right one.


    Answer by Gailll at 3:18 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

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