As a baby and toddler, my son had constant unexplained “fevers” as part of his never ending list of reactions.  It wasn’t till he was 6 years old and he had had a few unexplained fevers with hallucinations that we found these came from soya beans.  He has always been “picky” with soy products, usually refusing them himself – but mum didn’t always trust him fully - now I know they do him no good!

His hallucinations were shocking to witness – they happened only in the evening or night, usually just after falling asleep or when disturbed in sleep, e.g.picked up for toileting. He often didn’t have a high temperature according to the thermometer but woke in an unconscious way with eyes open and talking and listening.  He saw terrifying things around him and removal to another room with comfort helped a little but only usually for seconds. The only solution that worked properly for us was cool wet towels for reducing fevers round his neck and forehead whilst cuddling him. He usually dropped off to sleep again with these. On a bad night this continued again after a couple of hours.

As usual doctors here were at a loss to explain these and claim them to be most probably fevers related to viruses.  They suggested continued treatment as we do perhaps with paracetamol too keep it at bay. It was only after that I connected intake of soya beans 36 hours previously on the last occasions and I tested it with a very small intake which showed a minor reaction - still hallucinations but for a much milder and shorter period. Consequently soya beans are off our menu and I respect my son’s taste buds when he refuses foods – he is usually allergic or intolerant of them. Allergy specialists here avoid giving soy milk to milk allergics as much as possible due to the close connection of the two allergies and the fact they believe soy allergies develop quicker in such cases. – reader, Sweden