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could the colouring in dd's medicine adversely be affecting her and will it be long term?

(9 Posts)
olivo Wed 16-Jul-08 07:55:47

my dd is currently on a 2nd antibiotic for a chest infection. we have had 4 disturbed nights sleep since she started taking it; she is normally a very good sleeper. i looked today at the ingredients and see that E129 colouring is in there, something i think has been shown to cause hyperactivity. is it likely to be responsible for the disturbed sleep and more importantly, will it have any long term effects?
I am angry they put this stuff in kids' medicines.

MrsBadger Wed 16-Jul-08 08:47:43

it could well be the reason, but is unlikely to have long term effects on her sleep / hyperactivity

next time ask for an uncoloured one

belgo Wed 16-Jul-08 08:53:10

Yes, it could very well be that, see here BBC link of e numbers related to hyperactivity.

I wouldn't think it would have any long term effects.

saltire Wed 16-Jul-08 09:01:59

DS2 used to get a bit hyper with the Orange flavoured antibiotic, he was ok with the banana one. It was only whilst taking the meds that it affected him.

olivo Wed 16-Jul-08 09:32:17

thanks for your reassurances. I'm sure it is that, it is one of the ones linked to hyperactivity. There's probably about 3 days worth left so i gues we'll just have to sit it out.
I just think it's really sad they put these things in medicine for chldren sad
thanks again.

MsDemeanor Wed 16-Jul-08 09:34:40

I feel angry about it too. A yellow antibiotic made my son's life a misery as he couldn't control himself at all while on it.

puffylovett Wed 16-Jul-08 09:37:42

Not to mention what it does to their bums. My DS was not only hyperactive, but had open sores all over his bum from the strong ones.


OverMyDeadBody Wed 16-Jul-08 09:37:47

Here Olivo. There is something you can do. At least register the medicine your dd is taking on this website.

olivo Wed 16-Jul-08 12:45:51

thanks OMDB, i'll do that. that website is really interesting, will be having a good look at it.
I have spoken to the pharmacist and he says sleep disturbance is a noted but not common side effect of the drug, so her problems may well be from that but I am still angry that they put these additives in medicine. i will be far more careful if she is prescribed things in the future.

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