How Much Fish Oil for Toddler Last Post 21 Dec 2004 05:43 PM by cctb. 7 Replies.
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cctb
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 21 Dec 2004 05:43 PM Hi! I have a 16 month old son that I have been breastfeeding since he was born. Since I have been taking fish oil, I have not been giving him any. However I think he is going to wean soon, so I will want to start giving it to him. I found in one of the FAQs that you should give a 1 year old 1-2 grams, but I am not sure how to measure this. The dosage (for an adult I assume) is 1 tsp. Does anyone know what the dosage (in teaspoons or ml) would be for a 1 year old? Thanks, Christy
Fatboyslim
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 21 Dec 2004 10:08 PM 1 teaspoon is 5 ml. Does that help? Someone else asked this question, in a post which I can't find right now, and the suggested maximum dose was 1/2 teaspoon. It was posted by Dr. Sears tech.
cctb
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 21 Dec 2004 10:27 PM Thanks for the reply. Yes, I know the conversion between tsp. and ml. I was wondering how to figure out how much 1-2 grams is in tsp. or ml. Or, if I could get a correct dosage for a 16 month old (about 23 lbs), that would be great. If 1/2 tsp. is the maximum, it might not be ideal to give him that much. And since the stuff is expensive, I definitely don't want to give him more than is ideal. Thanks, Christy
Fatboyslim
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 21 Dec 2004 10:46 PM I'll be taking remedial reading class next semester, so bear with me. :oops: 1 teaspoon is 4.5 grams. Is that better? :)
Scott
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 22 Dec 2004 02:49 AM [quote:0eb7cd1066="Fatboyslim"] 1 teaspoon is 4.5 grams. Is that better? :)[/quote:0eb7cd1066] 1 tsp of OmegaRX is 2.7 grams of long-chain omega-3s (EPA+DHA). So 1 gram would be roughly 1/3 tsp.
Fatboyslim
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 22 Dec 2004 04:56 AM Clarification: When you say to give the child 1-2 grams, are you saying 1-2 grams of epa/dha or 1-2 grams of fish oil? Big difference. Fish oil is only 60% epa/dha. That's why 1 teaspon(4.5 grams) is only 2.7 grams of epa/dha. The recommendation I mentioned was 1/2 teaspoon max of fish oil.
cctb
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 22 Dec 2004 12:00 PM Here is exactly what Dr. Sears said in the FAQ I read (I did a web search for '"Fish oil" AND child' to find it): In Norway, it is a recommended by the government that all children must be given 1 teaspoon of cod liver oil after the age of 4 weeks. That would be about 0.8 grams of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids. I am a little more conservative in that I think that once a child starts taking solid food you should supplement the food with about 0.5 of long-chain Omega-3 until age 1, and then 1-2 grams thereafter. So I guess we're talking about 1-2 grams of long-chain Omega-3, I will probably give 1/2 tsp which would be about 1.4 grams, right in the range Dr. Sears recommends. Am I figuring that correctly? Thanks, Christy
Sue
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 22 Dec 2004 02:15 PM [quote:cc56dcca5a="cctb"]Here is exactly what Dr. Sears said in the FAQ I read (I did a web search for '"Fish oil" AND child' to find it): In Norway, it is a recommended by the government that all children must be given 1 teaspoon of cod liver oil after the age of 4 weeks. That would be about 0.8 grams of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids. I am a little more conservative in that I think that once a child starts taking solid food you should supplement the food with about 0.5 of long-chain Omega-3 until age 1, and then 1-2 grams thereafter. So I guess we're talking about 1-2 grams of long-chain Omega-3, I will probably give 1/2 tsp which would be about 1.4 grams, right in the range Dr. Sears recommends. Am I figuring that correctly? Thanks, Christy[/quote:cc56dcca5a] [color=darkred:cc56dcca5a]Hi, yes, you're correct.[/color:cc56dcca5a] Sue KnorrLost 100 lbs 18 yrs ago, off BP meds, thanks to the Zone diet and Zone fish oil.Consultant of Zone Labs