Fruit Makes My Daughter Hyper?

Updated on January 27, 2012
M.L. asks from Argyle, TX
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My daughter is 27 months old and has always been a very good eater. She eats a wide variety of foods (meats, veggies, fruit, yogurt, cheese, etc) and I don't give her hardly any processed foods or junk food. She was taking very good naps every day - 2-3 hours - but recently has been incredibly hyper as soon as we put her in her crib. She IS tired and after six days in a row of not napping, was a basketcase. I continued to put her down at her normal time and she was happy to play in her bed. When I got her up, I acted normal and didn't draw any attention to the fact that she didn't sleep/rest. Someone suggested to me that she may have an issue with fructose. I researched it a bit online (but didn't find much) and took her completely off fruit. The first day she was passed out within 6 min of being in her bed and slept for three hours. This pattern continued for three days until I gave her a half of a pear in some plain oatmeal - that day it took her two hours to fall asleep at her nap. Has anyone ever heard anything like this? I know she needs the vitamins/nutrition from fruit and she loves eating it but she also needs to rest. Thoughts?

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answers from Dallas on

Don't give fruit before nap or bedtime. Give her fruit for breakfast and afternoon snack so it doesn't interfere with her sleeping. I believe it is very important for her to have fruit in her diet.

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answers from Dallas on

Maybe your child is just not a napper. Sometime before turning 3 my wife stopped taking naps and just because a regular 12-hour overnight sleeper.



answers from Dallas on

The answer is a resounding YES, the sugar in fruit can make your daughter hyper. My daughter is the same way so I limit fruits/any sugars to early in the day if at all (giving her only natural sugars.) My fiance' is a holistic chiropractor that also works with allergies and all over health and he's the one that recognized this. I also keep her off preservatives and food coloring. Milk and gluten (wheat) is often the cause of problems as well, so just something to keep in mind. Just know that traditional doctors will often not recognize this. They aren't trained this way.

It ALL makes a huge difference.

Blessings. I wish you the best with this.



answers from Chicago on

Is she senstive like that to all sugar? Or just fruit? In other words, if you give her a piece of chocolate, does it have the same effect?

I would try to experiment a little there, and then take it to your doctor. Maybe something with the way she processes it. Or maybe something else.



answers from Pittsburgh on

Maybe fruit only for breakfast? And make sure what you are buying has no added sugars?



answers from Dallas on

The pear has a huge amount of fructose, read your fruit juice labels, the main ingredient is pear or apple juice for most of them and both are used to sweeten many things. The Granny Smith apple is the lowest in fructose content and can be eaten with unsweetened peanut butter for a high fiber, high protien breakfast or snack that will not spike your child's hyperactivity.



answers from New York on

My daughter is the same way. She is 32 months now but I noticed the impact of fruit around two years of age. She gets so overwhelmed that she doesn't sit still, doesn't listen and jumps around putting herself in danger. She doesn't drink any fruit juices. I have noticed this when giving her apple, pear or raisins. She is super hyper for hours when she has been given those fruits.



answers from Las Vegas on

It's possible. I believe I am sensitive to sugar and other simple carbs but, for me, instead of making me hyper when I eat them, they make me want to fall asleep each and every time, no fail. So maybe your daughter is as well.

Another thing that has been shown to make children hyper, if they are sensitive to it, is artificial colors, sweetners and preservatives. I am sure that you are vigiliant in what you are giving her but, if you are giving any processed food, you may want to check the boxes of the foods you are giving her before naptime for those ingredients.

I would suggest keeping a journal of the foods she is eating, when she is eating them, her mood and energy level before she is eating it and then afterward. When you look at this over a period of time, this will help you track any food sensitivity issues if she does have one.

What you are seeing also may also be due to the fact that she is ready to give up one of her naps and not a food sensitivity issue at all. My daughter gave up her afternoon nap just before she turned 3.

Hope this helps.


answers from Philadelphia on

It could be unrelated, or she could just have a little gas after eating the fruit, which lots of people have after eating fruits and vegetables. Tummy trouble can cause enough disturbance that she just may not feel like sleeping. Or, it just may give her a little boost of energy to pull her out of a tired slump and she doesn't feel as tired.

Kids start giving up naps at different ages. Once they learn they can keep themselves awake, they will. And if they have a lot on their minds or have things they want to do, they just won't nap no matter how tired they are.

My daughter started not napping around 15 months, and at 2 years old now I still can only get her to nap only a few times a week. She's just very busy. I find, though, that limiting her TV watching and interactive toy play (things with batteries and a lot of noise) seems to help, as well as preceding a nap time by an hour of quieter activities, no music, no TV, and maybe reading some books.

My mother said I gave up naps entirely at age 2, but I know people who have 4 year olds who still take 1-2 naps a day. It just varies a lot by the kid. I'm frankly very exhausted after my kid has been up for 10 to 12 straight hours, but she sleeps well at night, goes to bed at a reasonable hour, and doesn't usually get up until 7:30am. It's a trade off.

I'd rather her have a healthy diet, no naps, and a good nights sleep that keep her off anything I suspected might be keeping her from napping.

To compensate, I hired a nanny for 3 hours a day, 3 times a week, and my husband takes her off my hands on the weekends for a few hours at a time.



answers from Los Angeles on

Hi M., as a Family Success Coach, I have heard of "sensitivities" to some fruit. Yes there is sugar in fruit but it is designed with a "delivery system" the peel, the fibre etc to get into the system at a healthy rate. Fruit juice does not have the same delivery system.
Fruit is essential to health. I would try fruit and something else, yogurt, toast, something is can "hang on to".
Try different types of fruit. Try the same fruit for a couple days in a row. And monitor the response.
I am sorry to say that most doctors (MDs) don't know about nutrition. they are trained on drugs. So often if you go to them with a "concern" the best they can do is say "stop eating that" or "her take this antihistamine and it will be fine."
As the mom, your daughter's health is up to you.
Keep a food log. EVERYTHING - it could be something other than fruit and you just don't know it. Monitor everything that goes into her mouth in 60 day period. YES 60 days. Then take a look at it. You will see a pattern guaranteed.

Family Success Coach



answers from Tyler on

My daughter quit taking naps at exactly the same age. It's a transitional age and some kids just don't require as much sleep. I did require she stay in her room and read books while her baby sister napped. But she never slept.

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