I have two boys aged 4 and 5. We are two and a half weeks into the diet and I had been starting to get very excited about improvements in the boys behaviour. Until yesterday. The boys share a room and during the night my younger one woke up snuffly so I rubbed some Vicks Baby Balsam  (contains Petrolatum, Eucalyptus Globulus, Parfum, Rosmarinus Officinalis, Cocos Nucifera, Paraffinum Liquidum, Aloe Barbadensis, Lavandula Augustifolia) on his chest.

Wow! When they woke in the morning it was just like the bad old days. They pulled their room apart looking for a toy, they were demanding and silly and unreachable (wouldn't listen!). Could this have been caused by the Vicks? Even though the older boy didn't have it on his skin, just spent a couple of hours in a closed bedroom with his brother.

A couple of months ago we were regularly using a vapouriser, with fluid containing menthol, camphor, methyl salicylate, pine oil and eucalyptus oil. Could this have caused some of the behaviour that lead me to try the diet in the first place? – Jane, by email (Yes! – those products are like a salicylate challenge due to inhaled salicylates, also absorbed through the skin. They are considered to be ineffective, dangerous and  responsible for children hospitalized each year, see warnings from Poisons Information Centres: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/poisonsinformationcentre/seasons_dangers/sd_winter.asp)