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Vitamin B12

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waitingforgodot Fri 18-Sep-09 22:26:29

I have been reading about Vitamin B12 and how ASD kids sometimes thrive when taking this as a supplement.
Anyone have any experience or tales to tell?

DeepThoughts Fri 18-Sep-09 23:12:23

I always suspect that vitamin B12 is an issue with my DS. He displays almost all of the deficiency symptoms.

That is why I use the kirkmans vitamins as they contain all the B vitamins and no nasty sweeteners.

Every once in a while I give him a break from the vitamins as I do worry that his levels may build up too much.
Whilst we give him a few days off we do see his behaviour worsen. Mainly he suffers more with Stress, anxiety, and obsessive behaviours.
I have always thought about the higher dose of B12 combined with magnesium, but I wouldn't feel comfortable with doing this without a doctor's supervision.

It's hard to pin it down to the B12 alone as the multivitamin that helps as the one that I give him is quite a complex.

I have read many articles in the past that rate B12 injections as having a massive helping ability.

beverleyjayne Sat 19-Sep-09 08:46:52

hi deepthoughts, can i ask where you get your vits from? my dd is being assessed for aspergers, we will hear on oct 13, and anxiety is one of her main problems. i would love to see if this would help her at all, she has just started taking melatonin tabs at night time to see if they will help her get to sleep.


waitingforgodot Sat 19-Sep-09 11:47:19

can you get vit b12 injections in the UK for kids?

iwearflairs Sat 19-Sep-09 16:02:55

sorry to be ignorant - what is B12 supposed to do and what are the symptoms of deficiency?

trace2 Sat 19-Sep-09 17:28:56

i to have read about vit b12 its good for loads of things not just autism i to want to know if i can buy it

staryeyed Sat 19-Sep-09 19:30:33

My dad suffers from B12 deficiency and has to have injections of B12 every so often. He always feels awful when his injections are due and he will often lie down for most of the day.

Will definitely try them with Ds later (might be hereditary problem)

DeepThoughts Sat 19-Sep-09 23:00:56


'As well as the symptoms of anaemia, vitamin B12 deficiency may cause neurological symptoms due to inflammation of the nerves (neuritis). This is called vitamin B12 neuropathy. It affects movement and sensation, especially in the legs, and causes numbness or pins and needles. It can also cause confusion, depression, poor concentration and forgetfulness.' - from Bupa

I get my DS's vitamins from: here

Kirkman show exactly what in them here

I buy the wafers as he can take these no problem. They are like fizzy sherbet in the shape of a tablet, he just chews it.
I have had them myself (i test any new supplements ) and they are ok, Just a little sour.

My ds used to wake in the night screaming with knee or foot pain. It happened quite alot before we used supplements.

Anxiety is also my Ds main problems and it comes and goes in Severity. I imagine that melatonin could help as DS becomes much Worse with anxiety when he is tired.

I also find Epsom baths really help my DS with his nerves. I add about a cup full of salt to his bath and let him soak in it for a while. DS seems to connect with us so much more even before he is out of the bath. It promotes a better nights sleep and the following day he is much less agitated.

There is lots of useful information or Epsom salts and Autism here:

I buy the salts from here:

Also I recommend Omega 3 & 6 oils - I get these ones here these also hep my DS be more focused.

iwearflairs Sun 20-Sep-09 10:34:42

Thanks deepthought, that is all fantastic. I have never tried this stuff on DS but I know there are some foods which send him a bit off the rails, e.g. mango and bought biscuits have shown a reaction in the past. He also reacts to appletise but I put this more down to the amount of sugar as it doesn't seem to have anything in it but apple juice concentrate. Epsom salts sounds like a good idea.

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