You know something works when your children insist on taking the vitamins you had been reminding them to take.
About 10 years ago, my 3rd child was diagnosed with borderline ADD/ADHD and mild Tourette syndrome (involuntary and repetitive eye twitch). Our neurologists gave us two options:
1) Wait to see if our son will outgrow it
2) Put him on medication if the tics and ADD/ADHD affect him academically and socially.
We always prefer to hold off on any medication, if possible. And doing nothing was just not an option.
So needless to say, my husband read up on various studies and information on message boards. We monitored our son's eating patterns, minimized (eliminated) sugar from his diet, encouraged him to get enough sleep and started giving him fish oil. (Fish oil was also thought to help improve brain functions.)
There are a lot of fish oil supplements out there, but for a 7 year old, it has to taste good enough, no fishy aftertaste or fishy burp. We tested a few brands before we found one that worked for us – Coromega Omega 3 Squeeze. (Check their website, it’s an interesting story)
The orange flavored Coromega Omega3 Squeeze has a pudding-like consistency. One packet of Coromega is complete with the recommended day’s dose of Omega 3. Each pouch costs about $0.64 per serving. (We buy Coromega online through Vitamin Shoppe or VitaCost.)
After 2 weeks, we noticed a difference! The twitch wasn’t as bad, and after a month, the twitch was gone! He has been on fish oil (on and off) since.
Our 4th child also had symptoms that are characteristic of ADHD. He also developed a twitch (eye blinks involuntarily). He’s a very picky eater so it took awhile before we convinced him that he needed to cut down on sweets and to start taking fish oil. It’s tough for us to cut down on sweets because we all love dessert!
Our schedules had always been hectic so there were months that I missed reminding or giving the fish oil. The tics would resurface to the point that they’re unbearable, and that’s when we start giving the fish oil on a regular basis again.
The past few weeks, I forgot to give my 4th child his daily dose of fish oil. He noticed the difference, and today, he reminded me that he needed to get back on taking the fish oil on a regular basis.
Coromega did not pay me to write this review. I heard a few stories about children with ADD/ADHD or tics, that I thought it would be helpful to share our experience. But just like any vitamins or medication, please consult your physician before taking any vitamins – including fish oil.
(Just a note: fish oil has a tendency to thin the blood, so the kids occasionally get nose bleed. When that happens, I stop giving them the fish oil)