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Reposting in here about fish oil supplements, wrong section first time!

(5 Posts)
Flumpyflumps Mon 15-Apr-13 21:09:54

I've done some googling and have found mixed reviews on dosage and suitability.
My DD is nearly 5 and there are no SN to consider.
I think it might be a good thing in any case as she does not like fish or nuts/seeds and avocado is hit and miss.

DH thinks her diet is fine and we don't need any supplements.

So, anyone here give it just because?

Any advice?

Flumpyflumps Mon 15-Apr-13 21:59:25

Hopeful bump!

lambinapram Mon 15-Apr-13 22:11:37

I have given my daughter fish oil since she stopped breastfeeding.

This is from the Patrick Holford website:
Boost levels of essential fats
Some fats, like saturated varieties found in processed meats and fried foods, are bad for health, but others are essential and a deficiency could negatively impact on your child’s behaviour. For example, the brain and nervous system needs a good supply of fat to function and develop effectively.

To ensure your child gets enough essential fats you have three choices:

■Oily fish three times a week, ie salmon, mackerel, sardines, fresh not tinned tuna (as the tinned variety has the natural oil taken out);
■A heaped tablespoon of freshly-ground seeds on their cereal or sprinkled on soups or in salads every day. The magic formula is mix half pumpkin, sunflower and sesame with half linseeds, store in a glass jar in the fridge then grind fresh in a coffee grinder before serving. Seeds also make great snacks to munch, like Agent Mulder in The X Files;
■Supplement essential fats. This could either be a fish oil (which contains omega 3 fats) or a seed oil (which contains a blend of omega 3 and omega 6 fats). These are available as liquids or capsules from health food shops. Some of the liquid versions have added natural flavourings that may make them more acceptable to your child.

narmada Mon 15-Apr-13 23:05:00

Patrick Holford is a fish snake-oil peddler, who invents his own 'science'. Just sayin, like. Sorry, OP, that didn't answer your question.

No harm in giving fish oils though if you want to. I am sure Boots do an own-brand one which will be fine, and will have dosage instructions on them.

narmada Mon 15-Apr-13 23:07:56

Well, would'ja believe it? flavoured Omegas for kids, anyone?

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