Even though I am a lifelong vegetarian and our family now is vegetarian, I am *considering* fish oil supplements for my one year old.
It may be worth mentioning that my baby (formula fed because foster-adoption) is also on a DHA and ARA supplemented formula (Enfamil brand).
I was having trouble finding any fish oil supplements that I could measure out for kid-friendly amounts, but I happened to stumble upon a couple at a grocery store the other day.
Which one would you use, if you'd use either at all?
1."A+ (TM) Kids" Pure Fish Oil Dietary Supplement
Marketed by Health From the Sea
"molecularly distilled for purity" from "deep sea cold water fish," and "rigorously third-party tested" to ensure "it meets or exceeds U.S. standards for contaminants such as mercury, lead, cadmium, PCBS, pesticides, and dioxins."
Serving size is 0.5 teaspoon
Omega-3 DHA (187 mg)
Omega-3 EPA (125 mg)
"Other" ingrediants include: "Natural tutti frutti flavor, rosemary, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C), citric acid & stevia" (note that my kido might have a very minor allergy or a sensitivity to citrus
2."Nutrition For Kids (TM)" Cod Liver Oil, strawberry flavored
Manufactured for BioZeal, Child Life (TM)
Cod sourced from "pristine arctic waters and fiords of Norway." Cod liver only, no other fish parts used. "Patented molecular distallation process delivers the cleanest oil available," and "tested for any contaminants, PCB's dioxins, metals, or other toxins and exceeds the highest standards."
Serving size is 1 teaspoon, but recommended use is 0.5 teaspoons at one year. For the serving size of 1 teaspoon:
Vitamin A 870-1950 I.U. (or 35-80% daily value for under 4 years)
Vitamin D 0-40 I.U. (daily value not established)
Vitamin E 8 I.U. (daily value not established)
DHA 700 mg
EPA 450 mg
Other Omega-3 250 mg
Ingrediants: "Purified arctic cod liver oil, Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol), all natural strawberry flavor."
I've been looking into giving my daughter Cod liver oil. I'm still not sure about it though- or what brand to give her. Honestly Walmart had some noreigen cod liver oil that looked like it was good quality. I've been impressed in the past with their quality of supplements that I have taken as well.
Originally Posted by BusyMommy
We give Nordic Naturals CLO
but only in the winter. Once we get sunlight again, we switch over to Fish Oil.
My understanding is that CLO has a lot of vitamin D in it which you get from the sun in the warmer months so you don't need it then.
I live in a warmer climate and just take fish oil but have been debating changing to CLO because I don't know that we get enough Vit. D. I have a family history of osteoporosis and Vitamin D is suppose to help. We all take a multivitamin though.
Maybe check your formula to see how much Vitamin D it has in it. If it is enough, then maybe you should stick with fish oil. I think that too much vitamin D can be toxic??