Anger outbursts and fish oil

User - posted on 01/22/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My mum told me that there were studies suggesting that large doses of fish oil reduced angry and violent outbursts -- has anyone had any experience with this? (How one gets a 7 year old to down a giant horse-sized pill is another matter!)

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Silka - posted on 01/23/2009

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I have read about this too Fiona. I actually read that it is the Omega-3's in the fish oil. I try to get Karlee to take a Super Omega vitamin every day, but she hates taking pills. They are good for me too so I try to get her to take one with me. Now with a 7 year old, there are lots of ways to enrich his diet with Omega 3's. Easiest would be to feed him fish, but my family aren't big fans of fish so that one doesn't work here, so what I do instead is buy a sac of flax seed which is next to the flour in the baking aisle. Flax seed is one of the most potent sources of Omega's. It can easily be added to spaghetti sauce, banana bread, on top of oatmeal, in a smoothie, etc. and you can't really taste it unless you use a lot, but then it just adds a bit of a nutty taste like granola or something. I try to sneak this in to most of the foods I cook just because it is so good for all of us anyways and if there is any chance it will help Karlee's moods I'm game. I also give her the Silk soy milk enhanced with Omega 3's because she refuses to drink regular milk anymore. Now, her behavior in the past month or so has been so much improved I can't even believe it! But, do I think it's her diet? Not as much as changing her to the new school, but maybe it has contributed to a degree, and it definitely can't hurt. I started thinking about it when my 16 month old was born. Needless to say I had been out of the baby aisle for about 10 years, and realized that all of her foods and formula were enriched with these DHA's, which are really just omega 3's, so the more I read about how they contribute to brain health and actually found studies where some physicians believed that they showed promising improvement in bipolar, I started to get that on the menu regularly for all of us. Worth a try I say...

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Lisa - posted on 01/12/2012

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Fish oil comes in liquid form - 1 good brand is Carlson's - my son takes You can order it right online.

Sandra - posted on 12/29/2010

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They make fish oil gummies. My 7 year old wont eat them but he doesn't like any gummies. 1000 mg is the number to shoot for. My 10 year old takes 2000 in pill form and it does work.

Danielle - posted on 11/09/2010

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Yes fish oil helps with brain development. go to www.fortheofadvocare.com they have fish oil in a chewable form. tastes like bubble gum. its called purple champs.

Jessica - posted on 07/03/2010

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That's interesting. i'll have to look into that. But too much fish oil can do damage, too.

Margaret - posted on 04/19/2010

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recommended by doctors those are the dosages used to supplement children with omega 3 in relation to ADHD and bipolar

Angie - posted on 04/19/2010

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Omegabrite & Country Life Mood formula has the highest amount of EPA vs dha. The EPA is what has been singled out in the studies to help with mood. I had my child on them and she improved after doing worse on depakote. We then tried Triliptal but we were also treating her ADHD with Vyvanse, it continued to trigger her mania and she has recently had three hospitalizations and is on Risperdal. I tried adding the Vyvanse yesterday but it made her emotional. We are having a terrible time and asking for prayers. I also plan to add the fish oil, though it is hard to know the dosages to use since the studies all report different results - some say 2 a day is no better than 1, and some say as high as 12 pills a day. Based on the EPA amount in Country Life, I think I'll try 2 in the morning and two at night along with her Risperdal.

Carmen - posted on 03/30/2010

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Fish oil helps with bi-polar alot and for little ones get the chewy fish oil costco carries them

Margaret - posted on 06/02/2009

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oh there are childrens bursts you can get with the Omega 3 supplement chewable capsules basically they have done wonders for jac she takes 2 a day each is a 500mg dose

Margaret - posted on 04/04/2009

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I will mention ONE thing which has helped a little is the http://www.brauer.com.au/product_results...



Calm oral spray, but it only works if I get it into her really really really early into the rage. which doesnt always work for me because I have PTSD and im absent minded so do you think I can ever remember where I put it when I need it :(

Margaret - posted on 04/04/2009

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Quoting Kimberly:



Hi, I am a new member to this site and wanted to share with you that I too have tried fish oil with my son. I finally found a way to get him to take them without any issue at all. Sam's Club makes Omega 3 Chews that taste just like a starburst and come in 100mg doses. I give my son 3 a day as was recommended by his doctor. They work great. He also takes 5-htp for depression and sleep issues every night and SamE once daily as well as mega b vitamins. It does not totally help but makes him much more manageable and controlled for longer periods of time. He is not currently on meds but will probably be back on Risperdol soon. The side effects are so horriable and we are trying to use them only when neccessary.





be careful with the samE with people with bipolar a friend suggested it for depression and I looked into it  the research on samE done by the manufacturer's themselves includes a warning for people with bipolar. the samE formulation itself can induce switching and mania just like any antidepressant so we dont use it

Margaret - posted on 04/04/2009

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Omega 3 are found in fish you can just as easily increase their omega 3 levels by having an oily fish (salmon trout cod etc) 2-3 times a week for dinner....



 



the study or one of them http://breeze.blackdoginstitute.org.au/o...



 



the change in diet we have made to increase omega 3 for my partner has assisted with my 4 yo SOME, but she isnt having tuna in her sandwiches also, as she prefers other toppings seeing this post though someone might just be about to learn to bloody well like it....I hadnt thought of this for her....thankyou 

User - posted on 02/02/2009

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My kids won't eat fish, the rotters.  I found a brand where the pills are small enough for them to take without too much trouble: Nordic Naturals Omega 3-6-9 Junior.  They're gelcaps about 1 cm long and 7mm across.  They have the highest amount of EPA, which (according to my reading) is the Omega-3 that really hits depression/bipolar -- 135 mg per pill.  Mine take two per day (my daughter is fine, takes 'em to 'remember [her] dreams better!) -- which is not as much as recommended, but perhaps better than nothing...

Wendy - posted on 02/02/2009

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Our psychiatrist recommended it for brain cell improvement. I can relate to the complications of encouraging the kids to take the whopper pill. I tried squeezing the oil into applesauce, but it tasted terrible. We have increased our intake of Omega3 with the foods we eat.

Kimberly - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hi, I am a new member to this site and wanted to share with you that I too have tried fish oil with my son. I finally found a way to get him to take them without any issue at all. Sam's Club makes Omega 3 Chews that taste just like a starburst and come in 100mg doses. I give my son 3 a day as was recommended by his doctor. They work great. He also takes 5-htp for depression and sleep issues every night and SamE once daily as well as mega b vitamins. It does not totally help but makes him much more manageable and controlled for longer periods of time. He is not currently on meds but will probably be back on Risperdol soon. The side effects are so horriable and we are trying to use them only when neccessary.

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My doc suggested fish oil for my 12 year old  . . . he had difficulty taking the pills too.  However, since you mention that they may be helpful in limiting angry outbursts, we just may have to try these again.  My son is having HUGE issues with self-control.  I wll let you know if we see any results.  God Bless you and  your little one!

Wendy - posted on 01/25/2009

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actually they sell 30 pills at my local dollar store for us those seem to work fine. he is so used to swallowing pills that he doesn't have any problems.

User - posted on 01/25/2009

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Quoting Wendy:

i give them to kyle when I think he is a little off. However it is in combination with his other meds. It just gives him a little extra. I actually know a family that treated thier child with ADHD with fish oil. she gave him like 4 or 5 pills a day and it worked great for them. With kyle being bi polar I have never tried just the fish oil, but it does work for us when his meds. don't seem to be enough. I just add 2 pills a day for a week.


What brand do you buy?  Are they easy to take?

Silka - posted on 01/23/2009

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Thanks Fiona! I never knew that. I much prefer giving her something over the counter than some of the stronger meds. I will be looking for a better fish oil capsule for her.

User - posted on 01/23/2009

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Thanks.  I looked up about flax oil as an alternative, and this site: http://www.psycheducation.org/depression...



was not so keen, as it needs to be metabolized in certain ways to give you the relevant omega-3s, and it may not get metabolized properly.  Hard to know who to believe on this, of course, as other sites say differently.  But this one did at least seem to have plausible-sounding science behind it...



Not to rain on your parade, I hope you understand -- just trying to get educated.



 

Wendy - posted on 01/23/2009

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i give them to kyle when I think he is a little off. However it is in combination with his other meds. It just gives him a little extra. I actually know a family that treated thier child with ADHD with fish oil. she gave him like 4 or 5 pills a day and it worked great for them. With kyle being bi polar I have never tried just the fish oil, but it does work for us when his meds. don't seem to be enough. I just add 2 pills a day for a week.

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