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You maybe/probably won't get the same results with a cal/mag combo as with a stand-alone mag supplement. They compete for absorption, but they also balance each other in the body, so more calcium would increase the amount of magnesium they'd need.
I give my kids stand-alone mag supplements, along with lots of other stuff, but I've seen different benefits than the ones you're looking for. I'd start to see symptoms (DD has trouble falling asleep, DS sometimes gets a bit hyper, but not always) if we skipped 5 or 6 days, but it'd be quicker to see benefits re-starting after not giving it for 5-6 days vs the very beginning.
You may want to experiment with how much they can tolerate. Mag glycinate seems to be a good form for absorption, lots better than something like a mag oxide. Diarrhea would result when you get to too high a dose, so slowly tapering up over several days would let you figure out how much their bodies need, and then they'd have more for the days when they get none.
Have you been able to find a liquid mag supplement that doesn't have calcium in it? If so, can you tell me the brand? Thanks!