When my little boy Noah was on the cusp of turning 3, we found ourselves entangled in a recurring battle with strep throat, a relentless foe that haunted him about nine times each year. Little did we know then, the antibiotics we relied on were merely scratching the surface, allowing the sickness to mutate within him.
As he turned 4, a strange mouth tick emerged, prompting us to seek medical advice. Though the doctors initially attributed it to developmental quirks, my gut told me there was more to this puzzle. After his tonsillectomy, a new demon surfaced, gripping his head, neck, and shoulders in violent contortions that made my heart ache.
It wasn’t long before our suspicions pointed us towards pandas, and a visit to Dr. Ashley in Dothan, Alabama confirmed our fears. Noah was grappling with an onslaught of symptoms, from tics and abdominal pain to night terrors and an unwarranted fear of the dark.
The doctor’s advice was clear: cut out dyes from his diet to ease the inflammation caused by pandas. This became our crusade, diving headfirst into a world of natural, dye-free alternatives. Fuelled by our journey, I set out to create Dyefreelife.com, a sanctuary of meticulously vetted, dye-free products ranging from snacks to medications.
It’s a labor of love born out of necessity, a haven for parents navigating similar paths with their little ones. So please, take a moment to explore it, and if you have any suggestions for products to add, don’t hesitate to reach out.