Fish Oil for Kids: 3 Things to Consider

Ever since Bo and I launched Omega Cure® in 2006, we’ve had a special place in our hearts for our special needs and spectrum families.

Most of these families know that omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in promoting brain development, positive behavioral function and normal growth. Since Omega Cure is a liquid fish oil that’s easy to swallow and has no fishy taste or smell, it’s an ideal omega-3 supplement for young people.

I regularly follow up with parents to hear how it’s going with Omega Cure. As a mother of two, I can tell you that few things in life make me happier than when another parent tells me the oil is making a noticeable difference for their family.

For new Omega Cure parents, however, there are a few things to keep in mind as you start your family on an omega-3 regimen.

1. Finish Your Fish Oil in a Timely Fashion

With all fresh products, you’ve got to “use it or lose it.” Fish oil is no different.

I remember calling one mother a few weeks ago. She told me she’d been giving her 3-year-old daughter a 1/2 teaspoon dose of Omega Cure every now and then from the same bottle…for last 6 months! Understandably, her daughter didn’t seem to enjoy taking the oil.

Thanks to my waste-not, want-not upbringing, I too use plenty of products past their expiration dates as long as they taste and smell alright.

But parents – I implore you – please taste Omega Cure when you first open the bottle so you’ll know what the oil should taste like when it’s fresh. Then, as you use up the bottle, make sure you continue assessing the freshness of the oil before giving it your child.

omega cure fresh liquid fish oil omega3 innovations

Just like you do with fresh produce, remember to finish your Omega Cure in a timely fashion. 

It’s not just the taste that’s important: When oils – be they from fish, flaxseed or cod liver – become rancid, harmful byproducts form in the oil. These byproducts can actually cause cell damage and degrade to form secondary oxidation products – nasty types of aldehydes that do more harm than good and that can take away from the benefits of fish oil.

Omega Cure’s peroxide and anisidine values are a fraction of that of other fish oils on the market. But once you open the bottle and expose the oil to oxygen, it is only a matter of 6 to 8 weeks before the rancidity levels exponentially increase.

How to Keep Your Fish Oil Fresh

If you know that your son or daughter isn’t able to consume the entire bottle before the oil starts tasting fishy, then consider taking some yourself to help finish the bottle in a timely fashion. As good as Omega Cure is for your child, it will only help your brain, joints and heart too.

You may also consider using Omega Cure Extra Strength vials. Because the vials are individually sealed, you can open one small dose of oil without exposing the rest of your stock to oxygen. Depending on your child’s age and developmental needs, pour the proper omega-3 dose into a spoon or cup, and set aside the rest of the vial in the refrigerator for the next day.

fresh fish oil omega 3 fatty acids oxidized rancid

Once the oil has been exposed to oxygen, the rancidity levels increase with time.

2. Add Omega Cure to Other Kid-Friendly Foods

If your child is picky about swallowing fish oil, don’t give up on Omega Cure just yet. One of the benefits of Omega Cure is that it’s so fresh, it doesn’t have any taste or smell. That makes it easy to add the oil to some of your child’s favorite foods.

For instance, you can add a dash of juice to the oil. The juice gives the oil a tasty flavor while cutting the oily texture. Other good options include adding the oil to yogurt or kefir. The fat in these dairy products allows the oil to completely disappear into the soft texture.

Parents have also told me they mix Omega Cure into their child’s oatmeal and applesauce, or use it in place of butter on toast. So feel free to get creative and cater to your child’s taste buds. After all, taking Omega Cure should be a pleasant experience and you can easily make it fun for the whole family.

Omega 3 supplement liquid fish oil smoothies yogurt

If you’ve got a picky eater, try adding Omega Cure to juice, yogurt, smoothies, or fruit purees.

3. Give Your Child the Right Omega 3 Dosage

Fish oil and cod liver oil are considered GRAS products by the FDA.  This means they are “generally regarded as safe”.

But how much cod liver oil does your child need? Well, the answer depends on your child’s age, size, and health needs.

Our suggested doses are based on the recommendations from the Norwegian Health Authorities and our own experience:

  • Children 1- 4 years: ½ teaspoon
  • Children 5 to 15 years: 1 teaspoon

Though this is more than the suggested omega-3 doses typically advocated in the United States, it’s interesting to note that the proper omega-3 dose for children is a debated topic. Looking at the omega-3 doses used in the 1920s and 1930s, we find that 1 tablespoon – even for small children – was often cited. Today, omega-3 recommendations vary from country to country,  suggesting that the recommended doses are often related to an intake that is realistic or feasible within the specific culture, rather than scientific evidence.

Of course, if you start giving Omega Cure to your child, confer with your pediatrician about the proper dosage, especially if your child is taking medications.

Bo and I wish your and your family the best of luck as you start your Omega Cure journey. If you’d like more information about Omega Cure for kids with special needs, give us a call at 866.414.0188.

Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD

Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD

Born and raised in the United States, Dr. Chalmers graduated from Brown University and completed her medical training at the University of Oslo in Norway. Dr. Chalmers practiced medicine for many years, serving both at high-tech hospitals and as a community health worker in rural Norway. Together with Dr. Martinsen, she later co-founded Wellpride LLLP dba Omega3 Innovations and is the joint holder of several patents that facilitate the ingestion of multiple medication combinations. Today, she serves as the president of Omega3 Innovations.

Recent Posts

We have received your request and will reschedule your subscription as soon as possible. If there are any issues we will be in touch. Thank you!

Unable to send.

Let us know when you'd like your next order to be delivered! After we receive your reschedule request, we'll reschedule your order based on the transit options to you.

Your message has been successfully sent

Unable to send.

Your message has been successfully sent

Unable to send.

Safe And Tested

Every batch is carefully purified and analyzed to ensure it outperforms standards for mercury and other contaminants. LEARN MORE

Optimized Absorption

Omega Cure is in the triglyceride form for maximum bioavailability. Plus, because it comes as a liquid, it's better absorbed than traditional capsules. LEARN MORE

Full Spectrum

Omega Cure is rich in not just EPA and DHA omega-3s, but a full spectrum of fatty acids and nutrient cofactors.

Nutritionally speaking, it's like extra virgin olive oil in a world of highly processed omega-3 products. LEARN MORE

Full Dose

Each serving of Omega Cure provides 3000 mg of EPA/DHA – enough to cover most adults’ daily omega-3 needs.

Why does your omega-3 dose matter? LEARN MORE

Pure Taste

Because it’s so fresh, Omega Cure doesn't have a fishy taste or smell. Drink it straight, or add to juice, yogurt or kefir.

Want more omega-3 recipe ideas? We've got you covered! LEARN MORE

Exceptionally Fresh

With fish oil, oxidation levels demonstrate freshness. Omega Cure’s pristine oxidation levels put it in a class by itself.

Why is it important to get a fresh fish oil? And how do we protect Omega Cure's oxidation levels? LEARN MORE