Showing posts with label medication. Show all posts
Showing posts with label medication. Show all posts

Have You Tried Fish Oil?

*This is a completely honest post but I am including my Amazon affiliate link.  If you order the product using my link I will be paid a very small commission. 

When my child was first (wrongly I believe) diagnosed with inattentive ADHD, I was asked if we wanted to do medication.  I opted not to.  I was pretty sure my kid had Dyspraxia, but the doctor we were with did not know what that was and I wanted to do my own research first anyway.

My child was not acting out and she did not appear to be suffering except in school due to the actions (or her interpretation of the actions) of other people.  Only now are some of the stories coming out of her being threatened and bullied in school, but that is another story...

Anyway, because she seemed to struggle due to outside things and not be in a constant struggle on the inside, I decided not to medicate.  I am not saying medication is wrong, it just was not right for us at the time.  I looked into alternative treatments.  The doc did recommend fish oil and a high protein diet so I started there.

We threw away a lot of containers of fish oil for children.  Neither of my kids could stomach the taste no matter what they masked it with.  When I thought they might be exaggerating about how bad it was, I tried it myself and immediately gagged.  I can get almost anything down if you tell me it is healthy for me, but fish mixed with fake fruit flavoring was not happening.

I tried to have them swallow the fish oil capsules I take.  My ten year old can swallow pills now but the fish oil ones were just too big!

Finally, I decided to try Coromega for kids.  The reviews were really good on Amazon and everyone stressed that there was no fish taste.  Of course, I had heard this before so I wasn't getting my hopes up.

We got the orange flavor and I tried it first this time so as not to torture the kids again.  It was great!  I did not even tell them what it was at first because I did not want to deter them.  They loved it and wanted more!  Coromega tastes like an orange creamsicle.  It comes in squeeze packets much like kids' yogurt.  It has become the favorite part of breakfast!

Now does it work?

I take fish oil for my cholesterol.  I do not notice any difference in my thinking when I take it.  As for my kids, it seems to me that they are more focused- that is not all over the place or as easily frustrated.  That being said, when we have run out of the product I have not noticed any drastic negative effects on the days they do not take it.

We also went from being in school to being home schooled.  We also went from winter to spring.  We also went to getting more exercise.  So I do not know if I can honestly attribute ALL the positive effects to fish oil , but I have had positive effects and adding the fish oil was one of the things we did.

My daughter actually has high cholesterol and Omega 3's are good for that and so other many things like joint pain, brain development, heart health, and more, so that whether or not it is a miracle cure for academics I decided to keep on giving it to my kids anyway.  They don't eat fish and this is something they really do need to have in their diet.

Coromega has a website and it is also sold on Amazon.  Usually it is cheaper on Amazon.

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