Fish oil for a child

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Fish oil has been used on many occasions to see whether this natural oil can help with conditions such as ADHD, ADD, poor behaviour, poor concentration and poor reading and spelling in young children.

The results that have come back so far from this research all seem to be saying the same things. That is, that EPA fish oil given to young children to supplement their diet can have very positive effects on all of the above conditions, some more than others

This research led me to give my two young children ( a girl of 4 and a boy of 6) a daily dose of high grade EPA fish oil  to see if it could help with there concentration and school work  in general.

I started to supplement my childrens’ diets with a daily dose of 600mg of EPA (no DHA) and 200mg of Borage oil (48mg of GLA), I also gave them gummy bear vitamins 3 times per week (Boots own) and a mineral tonic (minadex) 3 times a week to help the oil “get into their system better” they were both approximately 3 years old when I started this regime.

Their diet in general was very good, hardly any fizzy drinks (unless we ate out as a treat) a tiny bit of chocolate everyday and crisps once a week in there lunch box or at home as a treat.

I also took the children to get exercise at least 4 times per week, this was in the form of a children’s gymnastic club and 2 swimming lessons, with at least one long walk, bike ride or a playful swim. This still left plenty on time for cartoons and the play station (which I believe gives good hand eye coordination at a young age)

When my little boy started school he was a November baby so he was one of the oldest in the reception class, every school report he had was excellent and parents evening was over in a flash, the teacher (who I also thought was excellent) just kept saying you are going to have no problems what so ever, he is bright, keen and can concentrate for hours!  So it did not come as any surprise when the school informed us that he was skipping year 1 and was going to be put it in with year 2 pupils.

The big shock for me was my little girl  who was an August baby, now although keen and bright in my eyes she just did not have the same powers of concentration as my little boy ( at 5 he sat through 3 hours of Harry potter at the cinema and only moved because his bottom went numb)

I found out she was the second youngest in the entire school and to be honest did not think she was ready for school at 4 years old.   So when parents evening came around I just could not believe it when the same teacher told me she had put her in one of the top 2 groups, she went on to say that her concentration along with her reading ability for her age was nothing short of fantastic, another major proud dad moment came just this year (2006) when we were told that she too will skip year 1 and move up into year 2 just like her brother.

Very impressive when you consider that she will only be one or two months older than some of the children coming into the  reception class, and will at the same time be starting her year 2 work   I think that diet, nutrition and  fish oil have all played a major contributing roll  in giving them all the skills they need to be able to shine and move forward at school.

So fish oil for a child?  Well unless the child eats 3 healthy portions of oily fish per week then we think it is a very good idea!

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